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George Brett Steps Down As K.C. Royals Hitting Coach

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Hall of Famer George Brett announced on Thursday that he is stepping down as the interim hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals and returning to the team’s front office as the vice president of baseball operations.

"George did an incredible job," said general manager Dayton Moore in a statement. "His expertise as a baseball man and his passion to win will have an everlasting effect on our team. I'm thrilled that he will be more involved in all aspects of baseball operations."

Brett took over as hitting coach on May 30, when the Royals were floundering in the American League Central at 21-29. During his tenure, the team went 26-22.

"My lifelong passion after playing was not to be a hitting coach, but Dayton asked me if I would consider it, and I did, but only on the promise that it would be on an interim basis," said Brett in a statement. "There is a ton of talent here and doing this for almost two months has prepared me to be a better advisor to Dayton and his staff. This has been an unbelievable experience for me and now I'm energized to contribute more to this organization as I return to my non-uniformed role."

Pedro Grifol will replace Brett as the Royals hitting coach.

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