Royals hire two hitting coaches to replace Kevin Seitzer

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Kansas City has joined Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Diego in hiring both a hitting coach and an assistant hitting coach, as the Royals have added Jack Maloof and Andre David to their staff.

They’ll replace Kevin Seitzer, who was fired earlier this month after the Royals ranked 12th, 6th, 10th, and 13th among AL teams in scoring during his four years on the job, and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Maloof “will be the primary coach.”

A few weeks ago the Phillies fired hitting coach Greg Gross and replaced him with Steve Henderson, later naming Wally Joyner as his assistant hitting coach.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a full-scale trend yet, but clearly teams are rethinking the way they approach putting together the MLB-allowed six-man coaching staff.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.