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Brett Leaves Dug Out For Front Office

Kansas City Royals legend George Brett is returning to the front office after almost two months as temporary hitting coach for the team. At a news conference Thursday, Brett was emotional when he said it wasn’t easy to leave the dug out once again.

The team is on the verge of traveling to three different cities on their current road trip, and Brett says traveling is rough on him.

“I didn’t mind it when I was 20 years old. I didn’t mind it when I was 35 years old. I started minding it when I was 39 and 40, the last two years I played,” he says. “And now I’m 60 I was trying to do that life again and it was very difficult for me.

Pedro Grifol will take over as permanent hitting coach. Brett says the players have warmed up to Grifol and are responding well to his coaching.

While Brett was in the dugout, the Royals were 26-22. He says he’ll be more active at the ballpark when the team plays at home.

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