Foster Named Royals’ Bullpen Coach

Former Wisconsin Woodchucks field manager Steve Foster has been named the bullpen coach of the Kansas City Royals.  Foster spent three seasons (1998, 2002, and 2003) with the Woodchucks and most recently was the bullpen coach of the Florida Marlins.

Foster, 43, replaces John Mizerock as the Royals bullpen coach.  Last season, the Royals bullpen finished 29th of the 30 big league teams with a 5.02 ERA.  Under Foster’s guidance, the Marlins bullpen staff finished 9th overall with a 3.83 ERA last season.

“He (Foster) was a Major League pitcher, and he’s been working as the bullpen coach with the Marlins, and he did a terrific job there,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore told reporter Dick Kaegelis.

Foster, a Texas native, pitched with the Cincinnati Reds from 1991-93 and carried a 2.41 ERA in 59 appearances.  He also served as the pitching coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1997-98.  In Foster’s third and final season with the Woodchucks in 2003, he led the team to its second Northwoods League championship.

After his time in Wausau, Foster spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the pitching coach for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Marlins’ single-A affiliate.  Prior to the 2007 season the Marlins promoted him to bullpen coach of their big league club, and he held that position through the 2009 season.