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Royals Rumblings - News for October 19, 2017

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Jeffrey Flanagan reports on the changes to the Royals’ coaching staff:

The Royals began firming up their coaching staff for 2018 and hitting coach Dale Sveum will switch roles and become the bench coach, general manager Dayton Moore said Wednesday.

Moore also indicated that Mitch Maier, who took over as first-base coach late in the season because of Rusty Kuntz's eye issues, will become the permanent first-base coach.

Kuntz will remain in the organization as either a roving instructor, a job he has coveted for years, or as the team's quality control coach, a position the team is creating. The quality control coach will act as a liaison between the front office/analytics department and the coaching staff.

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