Kansas City Royals hire Mike Matheny as manager
The Kansas City Royals have hired Mike Matheny as their new manager, the team announced Thursday.
The frontrunner for the job since it opened, Matheny will replace Ned Yost, who retired after serving as the Royals' skipper for the previous 10 seasons.
The former St. Louis Cardinals manager was brought into the organization last November as special adviser for player development. In his transition back to the dugout, Matheny will be charged with leading the Royals through a rebuild that saw them go 59-103 in 2019.
Matheny, 49, previously managed Cardinals from 2012-2018 and in 6-plus seasons at the helm, he never finished with a losing record and was 591-474 overall.
We have named Mike Matheny the 17th manager in franchise history. #AlwaysRoyalpic.twitter.com/vAmBUz3B1a
Matheny assumed the reigns from organizational legend Tony La Russa in November 2011 on the heels of a World Series title and led St. Louis to a pennant one season in 2013, although the Cards lost the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox.
Matheny and the Cardinals secured playoff berths the following two seasons but never made it past the NLCS, despite winning 100 games in 2015. St. Louis missed out on the postseason the next two years and, with the club at 47-46 in 2018, management decided to move on from Matheny and replaced him with Mike Shildt.
Under Shildt, the Cardinals finished the season 41-28 and advanced to the NLCS this year.
As a player, Matheny spent 13 years in the majors as a catcher — including five seasons with the Cardinals — and retired after the 2006 season.
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