The Kansas City Royals have hired George Brett as their new hitting coach, the club announced Thursday.

Previous hitting coaches Jack Maloof and Andre David were reassigned to the minor leagues while Pedro Grifol will become a special assignment coach alongside Brett with the big-league club.

Wednesday, my colleague Danny Knobler wrote that manager Ned Yost's job isn't safe in the long-run, but it isn't in immediate jeopardy. With that in mind and knowing how much Royals hitters have struggled all season -- particularly young hitters -- it's no surprise a change was made with the hitting coach position.