Vet­eran man­ager Yost re­tir­ing

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost did some­thing few thought pos­si­ble when he took over the Roy­als in 2010: He not only built the or­ga­ni­za­tion into a win­ner, he de­liv­ered the long-suf­fer­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion its first World Se­ries cham­pi­onship in three decades.

Now he’s leav­ing the next re­build­ing job to some­one else.

Yost an­nounced Mon­day that he will re­tire at the end of the sea­son, end­ing a nine-year ten­ure that in­cluded two AL pen­nants and a dra­matic 2015 ti­tle.

Like many small-mar­ket clubs, the Roy­als gut­ted their ros­ter af­ter their stun­ning run of suc­cess once their foun­da­tional stars be­came too ex­pen­sive. That be­gan a mas­sive re­build­ing ef­fort last year.

Yost, 65, will re­tire as the club’s ca­reer wins leader with 744 to date. He is the only man­ager to lead the Roy­als to back-to-back World Se­ries, los­ing to the Giants in seven games in 2014 and beat­ing the Mets in five the next year.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed my time here and will never for­get the good and the hard times we had to­gether as an or­ga­ni­za­tion and a fan base,” Yost said.

“I will never for­get the fact that you fans sup­ported us through it all. 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.”

The Roy­als are not ex­pected to move quickly in hir­ing Yost’s re­place­ment, though bench coach Dale Sveum and spe­cial ad­viser Mike Ma­theny would pro­vide their young core with a seam­less tran­si­tion. Both of them have man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence.

CHAR­LIE RIEDEL/AP

Ned Yost waves to fans dur­ing a pa­rade mark­ing the Roy­als’ 2015 world cham­pi­onship.

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