KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- The man who led the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series in thirty years plans to retire after the season ends, the team announced on Monday.
In a statement, the team said Ned Yost will step down, effective Sunday, after they play the final game of the season against the Minnesota Twins. By then, the Royals will have lost at least 100 games this year and will finish in fourth place in the American League Central. But, Yost sees the team at a turning point and says that was his plan all along.
"With the development of our young players and our returning veterans, I feel and hope the worst is behind us in this rebuilding phase of our organization," Yost said in a statement released by the team. "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."
Yost took over the team in May 2010 while the team was in the midst of four consecutive 90+ loss seasons. By 2013, he guided them to their first winning record in a decade, before taking them to back-to-back World Series for the first time in team history in the following two seasons. In that second trip, the Royals won their first world championship since 1985. In announcing his retirement, Yost cited both those good times and the bad.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here as your manager and will never forget the good and the hard times we had as an organization and as a fan base,” he said. “I will never forget the fact that you fans supported us through it all.”
With 744 wins, the 65-year-old Yost sits atop the list of winningest managers in Royals history, passing Whitey Herzog five years into his tenure – defeating, as the team notes, the only other team he managed: the Milwaukee Brewers. Between those two teams, he has managed in 2,544 games, the 32nd most all-time and, so far, has racked up 1,201 wins – good for 45th in Major League Baseball history. His .714 winning percentage during the post-season (22-9) is still the highest among managers with at least twenty games under their belt.
“Kansas City will always have a special place in my heart, and I look forward to rooting the Royals on to their next World Championship very soon,” Yost concluded.