George Brett Named Royals Hitting Coach

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0  Updated at 9:09 am, May 31st, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Hall of Famer George Brett is taking on a new role.  He will become the Royals interim hitting coach.

“I’m scared to death right now, to be honest with you,” Brett said Thursday night before the Royals game with the Cardinals. “But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The three-time batting champ and 13-time All-Star isn’t sure his success as a player will carry over as a coach.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be good at this,” Brett said.  “This could be something I just could not stand to do, I don’t know,” he said. “The players and I might not hit it off, I don’t know.”

Brett has been offered the position in the past, but turned it down to spend time with his children.

“I’ve never seen a Hall of Famer with the work ethic that he has,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I’m just excited he’s here.”

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