KC Royals: Ned Yost Four Wins From Royals History

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Sep 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) watches batting practice prior to the 2014 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Ned Yost is not the most successful manager in KC Royals history.

That title belongs to the late Dick Howser.

Whitey Herzog is the most celebrated manager to lead the Royals, but he had most of his success in St. Louis.

Sometime this week or next however, Yost will become the all-time winningest manager in Royals team history.

For some, that is a tough pill to swallow. Yost is grumpy at best, a horrible manager to some and a guy who most fans tolerate because rooting against him is rooting against the Royals.

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Prior to Monday’s game against Milwaukee, Yost currently has earned 407 wins as Royals manager. He passed Howser, the only manager to win a World Series in Kansas City, last week, and is just three shy of tying Herzog’s record of 410.

Yost will shatter that mark, but depending on how long he stays, could differ from both managers in a major way — he still has a sub-.500 record.

Herzog (410-304) has a Royals’ winning percentage of .574, while Howser (404-365) sits at .525. Yost is 407-427 and is going to have to wreck havoc on the rest of the American League to get over the hump this season.

Of course, if he continues a trend he has set since arriving in 2010 he’ll easily pass the mark next season.

Every season he has been in Kansas City, Yost has improved the team.

2010 — 55-72, .433 (did not manage the entire season)

2011 — 71-91, .438

2012 — 72-90, .444

2013 — 86-76, .531

2014 — 89-73, .549

2015 — 34-25 (on pace for 93-69, .576)

Yes, you can argue that General Manager Dayton Moore is the key behind the success of this team that has gone from basement dweller to World Series contender with a strong Farm System.

But someone has to keep them in line, and Yost has done that.

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