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Sport Royals hire former Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny as next manager

17:20  31 october  2019
17:20  31 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The Kansas City Royals have found their next manager, and residents of Missouri should be familiar with him. Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been picked to succeed Ned Yost as the Royals’ next manager, the team announced Thursday. Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com was first to report the news.

Mike Matheny wearing a red hat: Mike Matheny has a .555 winning percentage as a manager. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB via Getty Images)© Provided by Oath Inc. Mike Matheny has a .555 winning percentage as a manager. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB via Getty Images)

Matheny, 49, spent seven seasons as the Cardinals’ manager from 2012 to 2017. He compiled a 591-474 record with the team. Under Matheny, the Cardinals made the postseason four times. The team won the National League pennant in 2013, but fell to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

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Matheny will be walking into a much different situation with the Royals. When Matheny joined the Cardinals, the team was coming off a World Series victory. Matheny inherited a supremely talented team from Tony La Russa, who retired following the 2011 season.

The Royals are the polar opposite of that. After winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals have been in steady decline. The team finished fourth in the American League Central in 2019, winning just 59 games.

With the Royals, Matheny will be tasked with overseeing the team’s rebuild and guiding the team back to contention.

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