Ned Yost certainly saw the best and worst of the KC Royals during his 10-year stint as manager.
Leading his last game on September 29, 2019, Ned Yost was in charge of the Royals the longest, recorded the most victories (and losses), and won 47 percent of the games he managed.
He does go down as the only skipper in the club’s history to take the team to back-to-back World Series and, of course, brought the trophy home to Kansas City in 2015. He was loved by most of his players and is rightfully credited for helping develop a core of young talent, not once but twice.
Although Yost only oversaw teams that won 50 percent or more of their games in four of his 10 seasons, he did the most with the talent that was given to him. The last two years have been difficult with the team not spending money to be competitive and plugging in many young players on the roster. It would have been easy for Yost to step away once he saw the direction it was going, but in credit to his character, he did not want another manager to be burdened with that.
Between the three managers listed in this article, we have accounted for 40 percent of the Kansas City Royals wins as an organization. With anticipated new owner John Sherman taking the helm soon, hopefully another manager will step up and become the next person to lead the Royals to the postseason and another Commissioner’s Trophy.