George Brett to step down as Royals hitting coach

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Well, that didn’t last very long:

 

Brett was named hitting coach on May 30th. At the time they were 6.5 games behind the Tigers and their offense was struggling. Today they are 8.5 games behind the Tigers and their offense is struggling. There are limits to what hitting coaches can do.

You have to figure that this was a lifestyle choice for Brett. He’s the single biggest name in the history of that organization and it’d be hard to feature the Royals firing him, even in a kick-him-back-upstairs situation. One of the reasons he hadn’t coached or managed before was because he didn’t want the travel and grind. I’m guessing he’s tired of the travel and grind.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.