Royals fire pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons

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Ned Yost and most of his staff will be back in 2012 despite a 71-91 season, but the Royals announced that pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return.

McClure held the job for the past six seasons, under three different managers, while Gibbons formerly managed the Blue Jays and came on as then-manager Trey Hillman’s bench coach three seasons ago.

In explaining the firings Yost told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that McClure “has done a great job, but the results are the results.” During his six seasons as pitching coach the Royals ranked 14th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 12th in ERA.