The Royals have three closers, really. And they’re closing things out at an amazing rate

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Our Joe Posnanski writes about what I feel is the single biggest factor in this year’s World Series: the Royals’ bullpen. Specifically the three-headed monster that is Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

We all know that they’ve been dominant, but Joe shows us just how dominant they have been, even compared to other bullpens in an age of bullpen hyper-specialization. He also talks about how the Royals got them and how much a part luck, as well as recognizing opportunities, has played in putting together this beast.

A good read, especially for the numbers which show us just how crazy today’s bullpens have become.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: