Kansas City (USA), Sep. 23 – The Kansas City Royals manager, veteran Ned Yost, confirmed that when he finishes this season he will not lead again in Major League Baseball.
Yost, 65, retires as the most winning manager in franchise history with 744 victories. He also directed the Royals to a World Series championship in 2015, the second in the franchise.
However, since that title year, the Kansas City team has been in constant decline and for the second consecutive season it will end with a losing mark of more than 100 defeats.
Yost, who took over the club in May 2010, said he believes the franchise is near a revival.
“With the development of our returning young and veteran players, I feel and hope that the worst has happened in this phase of rebuilding our organization,” Yost said Monday through a statement. “My plan all the time was to help overcome the difficult moments, then deliver it to a new driver who works the rest of the way.”
Kansas City is now the third franchise in search of a pilot ahead of the next season, after last Saturday the San Diego Padres fired Andy Green.
Like Yost, the San Francisco Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, retires at the end of this season, without being able to take the Californian National League team to the playoffs.