Devin Hester, who officially retired with the Chicago Bears on Monday, said he’s not happy about the possibility the NFL could soon eliminate one of his fortes — the kickoff return.
“Kickoff and punt return is one of the key aspects of the quality of football,” Hester said. “You’ve got to let these guys play football. It is what it is.
Not included in those 20 returns is his most well-known — the 92-yard return for a TD on the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI in February 2007.
Whether a special-teams player should be in the Hall is a question for voters, but Hester pointed out that kicker Morten Andersen recently made it.
“I don’t really look at it like, ‘Will he make it as [the first] return man?'” Hester told reporters when asked about his chances. “Sometimes you’ve got to put guys in the Hall of Fame for being the most dangerous person out there on the field.”
Travis Shaw added a three-run homer for the Brewers, while Zach Davies (2-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball. Ryan Braun had two hits, walked twice and drove in a run.
Matt Albers, Dan Jennings and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings of relief.
Just about the only negative for Milwaukee was a thumb injury for first baseman Eric Thames, who left in the ninth inning. Counsell said he would know the extent of the injury after tests on Wednesday.
“It’s a ligament issue we’re concerned about,” Counsell said.
Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City in his return from the disabled list, and Alex Gordon doubled and scored in his return from the DL, giving the slumping Royals their only offense.
“It’s nice to get their bats back in the lineup,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Ian Kennedy (1-3) left after allowing four runs over three shaky innings. He took a liner off his ankle in the third but finished the inning before leaving the game.
He had precautionary X-rays taken on his right foot that came back negative.