Aug 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) fields a grounder in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Getz Would Make a Great Coach in the Royals System

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He was the master of hustle, grit and ground balls to second base. He worked hard at working hard. He was the master of the intangible, someone who did all of the little things that never appeared in the box score while doing nothing that was actually quantitative. He was the scrappy little player who could, at least in the eyes of Ned Yost. He was Chris Getz.

Just over two after making his 2014 debut against the Royals, in a series that he has his only four hits of his brief stint back in the majors, Getz has called it a career. Instead of accepting his assignment to AAA, Getz informed the Toronto Blue Jays that he is retiring. For Getz, it was time.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said. “I’m starting a family, and I’m interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game.”

For all of the vitriol sent to Chris Getz during his time with the Royals, he managed to piece together a tolerable career. While he was probably miscast as an everyday second baseman, Getz finished his career with a .250/.309/.307 batting line with 89 stolen bases. His speed was perhaps his only major league asset, as his 83.18% stolen base success rate ranks 19th all time.

While Getz may not have been the most successful player in the major leagues, he may still have a career in baseball. Players such as Getz, who got by on hard work and scrappiness instead of natural talent, are the types of players that teams love to bring back as coaches. With the love that both Yost and Dayton Moore seem to have for Getz, it may not be a surprise if he rejoins the Royals in the somewhat near future in some capacity.

Chris Getz would seemingly be the perfect type of former major league player to coach at the lower levels. He could theoretically instill the importance of doing all the little things important to winning. He could teach players the importance of getting the most out of their abilities, teaching the younger players the right way to play the game. Baseball needs coaches that could offer what Getz would seemingly be able to bring to the position.

There is still a place for Chris Getz in baseball, and possibly with the Royals. Getz would be the right type of former player to bring in as a coach or, potentially, a manager in the minor leagues.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Agree. Royals also have Mitch Maier at Springdale on a minor league contract as he rehabs from surgery. Mitch is another guy long thought to be coaching material. Brett Tomko at Omaha is a third, Jason Kendall will eventually be another one. Guys with big natural ability that everything comes easy for don’t often make great coaches.

    As for Getz, injuries had something to do with it, only one year with the Royals of over 100 games. The concussion had some after effects. His last year of ’13, 78 appearances, 62 starts.

    • Dave Hill

      To me, it felt like bringing Tomko in was a way to get a player/coach at Omaha, even if he did not have that official designation. Maier I agree with as well. Perhaps the Royals are assembling their future coaching staff by bringing those guys back. If Getz returns in some capacity, we may have an idea as to what the future coaches/manager could be.

  • Amos T.

    Chris Getz was simply not very good. Look at his slugging percentage. He might have been a good utility player as he could play in the outfield too. I have always been of the opinion that Irving Falu was a better second basemen. He is a switch hitter with more power than Getz. He is as fast as Getz. Finally, Falu is a better hitter. If Falu had hit 280 with his higher slugging percentage, the Royals would have won two more games last season.

    Falu also appears to be the type of hitter who hits better in the majors than the minors. He probably has the highest batting average of any player stuck in the minors.

    • Dave Hill

      Never said he was good. In fact, most of that first paragraph was accentuating that point.

  • moretrouble

    Getzie is a class individual and would make a fine coach if he desired to continue working in baseball. He’s starting a family, he’s banked over 3 Million in a five year career in the MLB; he’s done very, very well for himself. My hunch is that he’ll be a great father, too. Best of luck, Chris; you’re one of the good guys.

  • TwistedCyberChick

    I’m sad that he couldn’t make it in the big leagues but I understand why. He’s a great guy, from all I’ve seen and heard, and I’m sure his family will benefit greatly from having him around more often. He has the right mental approach to baseball, and I agree that he would make a great coach. Best of luck to him. :)


    Getz publicly said that he left the game to start and raise a family and was also directly quoted as saying that he “was looking forward to a life outside of baseball”.

    He “managed to piece together a tolerable career”? By whose standards?

    At the time of his retirement, Chris Getz had the lowest career slugging percentage and OPS of ANY active major league player with over 1500 career plate appearances as well as the smallest number of extra base hits for anybody with that many appearances.

    Not only was he bad, he was epically and historically bad. I don’t say so, the numbers do. Easily was one of the worst players in the major leagues.

    If one is making a list of all time worst Royals players, Chris Getz is on the list of those under consideration.