Royals let go coaches McClure, Gibbons



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pitching coach Bob McClure and bench coach John Gibbons will not return with the Kansas City Royals next season.

Manager Ned Yost said Thursday that the two coaches will not be on his staff in 2012.

Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, first base coach Doug Sisson, third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bullpen coach Steve Foster will be back.

McClure served as the team’s pitching coach the past six seasons, helping tutor Zack Greinke to the AL Cy Young in 2009. But the Kansas City pitchers struggled much of the year, particularly when it came to pitch count, and Yost says he wanted a new voice for the staff.

Gibbons had been the bench coach the past three seasons. Yost says he wants to find someone who can help tutor the Royals’ young catchers.