Ned Yost will be retiring as the manager of the Kansas City Royals when the 2019 season concludes on Sunday. Yost finishes his Royals tenure as the all-time winningest manager in team history.
At 64 years old, it’s not surprising to see Ned Yost opt for retirement after two rough seasons at the helm for the Kansas City Royals. The team is in the midst of a rebuild and even though Yost had previously been quoted as saying he wants to see the rebuild through, fans likely aren’t surprised by this news.
The Royals’ season finishes up on Sunday, but as of now they’re sitting with a record of 57-100 and have had two 100-loss seasons back to back. Fans were hoping to see an uptick in wins this year, but it just hasn’t happened for this team.
Yost ends his Royals tenure with a record of 744-836 (as of now) after having joined the organization in the 2010 season. With the new owner in town, Yost must have felt this was the best time to step away from the game and from the team.
Yost joined the Royals after having been fired from a good Brewers team and finally helped get the boys in blue back to relevance. They had their first winning season in a decade in 2013 and made the postseason in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Royals won the American League pennant in both of those seasons and won the World Series in 2015.
The 2016 and 2017 seasons were disappointing considering all of the talent the Royals had, but they couldn’t quite get back to the playoffs. After the big name players left in free agency after the 2017 season, fans wouldn’t have been surprised for Yost to have retired then as well, but he stuck around and helped try to get the rebuild off to a quick start.
It’ll be interesting to see who the Kansas City Royals look at to replace Yost. Mike Matheny is currently working in the organization and could be an option, but hopefully the Royals look outside of their current staff as well. Matheny didn’t last in St. Louis for a reason and that’s not a hire that would excite many people.
Even though fans coined the term “Yosted” whenever he made a boneheaded decision, there’s no debating what kind of impact Ned Yost had on this franchise. He helped get them to the playoffs and make it to two straight World Series, winning it all in 2015.
He might not have been your favorite manager in the world, but Ned Yost will go down as one of the all-time Kansas City greats.