The Royals have announced their coaching staff under manager Mike Matheny for 2021, Anne Rogers of MLB.com relays. It includes a couple changes from last year’s edition.
Rusty Kuntz, who opted out of the 2020 campaign over COVID-19 concerns, will return to his prior role as first base coach next season. The 65-year-old has held multiple positions with the organization since 2008. Damon Hollins took over as first base coach in his absence last year, but he’ll go back to being a minor league instructor.
Kansas City has also added Tony Pena Jr. to its staff, and he’ll work with the Royals’ infielders, according to Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star. Pena Jr. was a shortstop with the Royals from 2007-09. He’s also the son of former KC manager Tony Pena and the brother of ex-Royals catcher Francisco Pena.
Rafael Belliard worked as the Royals’ infield coach in 2020, but he’ll return to his previous job as a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore.