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Ned Yost was relieved when he found out the Royals were 5-17, not 5-20

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Speaking to the media prior to Thursday night’s game against the White Sox, manager Ned Yost said he was relieved to find out his Royals were 5-17 rather than 5-20, Rustin Dodd of the Athletic reports. Yost said, “I don’t look at our record. And thank God. I thought we were 5-20 and we’re only like 5-17, so we’re better than I thought we were.”

Yost said that in the context of praising his players for the effort they put in on a daily basis no matter how bad their record is. Currently, the Reds are the only team with a worse record at 5-20. The Royals dropped to 5-18 with a 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

The Royals rank 24th of 30 teams in OPS (.670), 28th in home runs (17), and are tied for 26th in stolen bases (six). They’re dead last in bullpen ERA (6.81).

Despite the Royals’ struggles, Yost wants to return to manage the club next season. Yost’s contract expires after the season. He said, “I care about this city, and I care about this fan base. And I want to try to make sure, after everything they’ve given us here, with their support over the thin times and their support over the great times, I want to make sure that I give back everything that I can.”

GM Dayton Moore is on board. “I certainly want Ned back,” he said.

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: