Royals: Mike Matheny hired as manager, Twitter reacts

KC Royals, Mike Matheny (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
KC Royals, Mike Matheny (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Twitter reactions after the Kansas City Royals announced Mike Matheny as their new manager.

In what may have been the worst kept secret the last few weeks, the Kansas City Royals made it official Thursday when they tabbed Mike Matheny as the 17th manager in team history.

In most cases, a pedigree that includes a .555 winning percentage, 21 postseason victories and a trip to the World Series would make fans happy. Many have felt, though, that Matheny mismanaged players and made poor in-game decisions and would not be a positive addition to the Royals staff.

The hiring should not be a surprise as Matheny was hired as a special advisor after last season and that is the same route that Ned Yost took before he took over the reins to the Kansas City Royals franchise. It also appears that probable new owner, John Sherman, signed off on the move which would be expected.

"“Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season,” Moore said. “Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential. We are looking forward to him and Kristin being a part of this very special city.”  -Dayton Moore,"

It is no surprise that Matheny, Moore and the Royals are trending on Twitter.

Here are a few press reactions:

As expected, some were not exactly thrilled with the former Cardinals skipper moving to Kansas City:

It is not all doom and gloom out there.  There are people who believe Matheny has earned another opportunity and will be a good hire:

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Wherever you fall on the spectrum of the hire of Matheny, it guarantees some lively discussion this offseason for the Kansas City Royals universe. This is just a start to a very interesting offseason for our Boys in Blue!