The Kansas City Royals announced Sunday that manager Ned Yost will be sticking around through the 2019 season. Even though the Royals had their worst season since 2005, Dayton Moore is choosing to stick with Yost’s leadership.
There were likely mixed reactions among Royals fans upon hearing the news that Ned Yost signed a one year contract, remaining in the position as manager of the Kansas City Royals through the 2019 season.
Ned Yost managed the Kansas City Royals to their second World Series Championship just a few years back. The future looked grim for him considering how the 2018 season ended up, but the Royals front office decided to stick with Yost.
Was this the right move?
Again, there have been mixed reactions upon finding out about his extension. But, in all honesty, it was the correct move for the Kansas City Royals. No, the season didn’t go the way fans wanted it to. But, he did kick off the rebuild and made it an emphasis to bring up younger talent.
Perhaps Dayton Moore is entrusting Yost with the rebuild because of his ability to lead. Or, maybe this season is his last opportunity to prove he has what it takes to still lead the team.
Will he last the full season?
Right now, it is hard to say. It likely depends on the performances of the young players. It would be difficult to argue that the Royals don’t have a bright future ahead. Taking one look at Adalberto Mondesi is proof enough that the future is in good hands.
With the Royals, Yost’s record sits at 687-736. He has helped oversee the development of young casts of players before, and perhaps that was the main reasoning behind keeping him around for another season. There will be a lot of new faces playing for the Royals next year, though some received a taste of the MLB near the end of the 2018 season.
Nonetheless, Ned Yost will be in Kansas City with the Royals for at least one more season.