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Royals’ Ned Yost announces he will retire at end of season

Ned Yost, Mike Matheny, Royals

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2019 MLB campaign, according to the team.

Yost retires as the all-time winningest manager in Royals history.

The 65-year-old took over in Kansas City 25 games into the 2010 season after Trey Hillman was fired. The Royals labored in each of Yost’s first three years at the helm, winning 67, 71 and 72 games, respectively, but in 2013, they began to turn things around, logging 86 wins.

By 2014, Kansas City had completely reversed its fortunes, winning 89 games and landing one of the two Wild Card spots in the American League. It marked the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 1985.

After dispatching the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game, the Royals went on a Cinderella run, making it all the way to the World Series, where they eventually lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

The following year, Yost led the Royals to 95 wins and an AL Central title. Kansas City proceeded to make it back to the Fall Classic. This time around, the Royals came out on top, ousting the New York Mets in five games for their first championship in 30 years.

Since then, Kansas City has fallen back to earth, as the club has not made the playoffs in any of the last four seasons, posting win totals of 81, 80 and 58, respectively, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. With the 2019 campaign about to wrap up, the Royals are currently 57-100.

Yost has gone 744-836 in almost 10 full seasons with the Royals. He had previously managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 through 2008, going 457-502.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com names Royals special advisor and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as a potential candidate to replace Yost, with USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale reporting similar.