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Ned Yost to Retire as Royals’ Manager

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost announced on Monday that he will retire after Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Yost collected 744 wins in his time with the Royals, the most in franchise history. He managed the Brewers from 2002 to 2008, then took over in Kansas City in 2010. Most notably, Yost took the Royals to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015. His squad lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants in 2014. They then redeemed themselves with a five-game series win against the New York Mets in 2015.

The World Series win was only the second in franchise history, and the first since 1985 when they defeated in-state rival St. Louis. This was Yost’s second title after serving as the bullpen coach for the 1995 Atlanta Braves when they won it all against the Cleveland Indians.

Remarkably, Yost has the exact same winning percentage through ten years in Kansas City as he did through six years in Milwaukee, at 47.7 percent. He currently holds the record for best postseason winning percentage for a manager with at least 20 games experience, at 22-9 (good for 71 percent).

The Royals made a formal announcement of his decision on Twitter. This was accompanied by a, “Thank You, Ned,” tweet showing appreciation of his winning ways.

Yost said in his press release, “My plan all along was to get us through the rough times then turn it over to a new manager to bring us the rest of the way.” This tracks, as throughout his time as a manager, he mostly oversaw rebuilding teams. The beginning of his tenure with the Brewers was a transitional period, and apart from the Royals’ winning window of three to four years, they were experiencing phases of a rebuild.

Currently deep in the rebuilding stage, the Kansas City Royals are 57-100 as of Monday. Their schedule features two more games with the Braves before rounding out the season against the Twins.


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