By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Kansas City Royals have found their replacement for Ned Yost. He retired at the end of the season.
The Royals hired Mike Matheny as manager on Thursday. He was last the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018.
“Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny,” said Dayton Moore, Royals senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager.
“Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential. We are looking forward to him and Kristin being a part of this very special city.”
He was employed by the Cardinals as their manager from 2012-2018. After being fired by the Cardinals, he accepted a job as the Special Advisor to Played Development with the Royals in November 2018.
He also served in a similar role with the Cardinals before being named the team’s manager.
As a manager, Matheny is 591–474. He has a 55.5% win percentage.
“I’ve been well-informed by Dayton and the leadership team about the material activities underway with the Club, and have been impressed with the thoughtful, strategic process Dayton has run to get to this important decision,” Royals owner-in-waiting John Sherman said.