For some inside Royals The organisation, the managerial transition from Ned Yost to Mike Matheny seemed like a fait accompli long before Yost announced his retirement from dugout at the end of the 2019 season. When Matheny joined the Kansas City front office in 2018, as a consultant to Deaton Moore, several family officials indicated The owner suggested that Matheny made a kind of assertive — a decorated playing career as a hunter, a previous managerial tenure in St. Louis often marked by success, not to mention lantern jaws and a stern exterior — that might give him a leg up in the race to replace Yost.
So when Yost stepped down, few people were surprised when the team’s search landed on the man who had spent the past 11 months looming as a potential replacement. Moore chose Matheny over internal nominees such as Pedro Grifol and Vance Wilson. He targeted Matheny as the man with the potential to lead Kansas City through a second rebuilding effort and return to the playoff game.
Less than three years later, neither Moore nor Matney has retained power in Kansas City. Royal family owner John Sherman shoot mor On September 21, the team flopped in its sixth consecutive losing season amidst fears About the team player development system. become a Matheny The next domino to fallwhen general manager JJ Piccolo Matheny and shooting coach Cal Eldred were sacked late Wednesday, just hours after the Royals ended their 97 losing season.
The changes are not expected to end with Matheny.