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05/02/2006 1:12 AM ET
Royals replace hitting coach
Name roving hitting instructor Mike Barnett as replacement
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The Kansas City Royals reassigned hitting coach Andre David following Monday's game against the Tigers, Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Allard Baird announced.

Mike Barnett, who is in his first year as the Royals Minor League roving hitting instructor has been named as David's replacement and will join the team on Tuesday.

Barnett is no stranger to the position, as he served as the Major League hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays the past four seasons.

During his tenure with the Blue Jays, he played a key role in the development of hitters such as Vernon Wells and Orlando Hudson. Prior to his tenure with Toronto, Barnett spent time coaching in the White Sox and Diamondbacks organization at all levels of the Minor Leagues. He also served as Assistant Administrator of Baseball Operations and Video Director for the Yankees from 1982-87.

He resides in Knoxville, Tenn., and has two children.

David, who was named hitting coach on May 30, 2005, will take over Barnett's position as roving hitting instructor.

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