List of Kansas City Royals managers

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Ned Yost has been the manager of the Royals since 2010.

The Kansas City Royals are a franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League.[1] The Royals franchise was formed in 1969.

There have been 19 managers for the Royals. Joe Gordon became the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, serving for one season. Bob Lemon became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Royals for more than one season. Tony Muser has managed more games and seasons than any other Royals manager. Whitey Herzog, Jim Frey, Howser, and Ned Yost are the only managers to have led the Royals into the playoffs. Three Royals managers—Gordon, Lemon, and Herzog—have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;[2]

In 1970, Gordon was replaced with Charlie Metro. The Royals made their first playoff appearance under Herzog. Three managers have led the Royals into the postseason. Dick Howser led the Royals to their only World Series Championship in 1985, while Frey lost the 1980 World Series in six games to the Philadelphia Phillies. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Herzog, with a percentage of .574. The lowest percentage was Bob Schaefer in 2005, although he managed for only 17 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Royals was Buddy Bell, the manager from 2005 through the 2007 season with a percentage of .399.

The highest win total for a Royals manager is held by Herzog, while Muser holds the record for losses with 431. Tony Peña became the first Royals manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2003. The current manager of the Royals is Ned Yost. He was hired on May 13, 2010 after Trey Hillman was fired.[3][4]

Table key[edit]

WPct
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
PA
Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
PW
Playoff wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the playoffs
PL
Playoff losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the playoffs
WS
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by this manager
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame [5]

Managers[edit]

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Tony Peña won the Manager of the Year Award in 2003.
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Trey Hillman was the 18th manager in Kansas City Royals' history.

Statistics current through September 28, 2014

#[a] Manager Seasons Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL WS Reference(s)
1 Joe Gordon 1969 69 93 .426 [6]
2 Charlie Metro 1970 19 33 .365 [7]
3 Bob Lemon 19701972 207 218 .487 [8]
4 Jack McKeon 19731975 215 205 .512 [9]
5 Whitey Herzog 19751979 410 304 .574 3 5 9 0 [10][11][12][13]
6 Jim Frey 19801981 127 105 .547 1 5 4 0 [14][15]
7 Dick Howser 19811986 404 365 .525 3 8 12 1 [16][17][18][19]
8 Mike Ferraro 1986 36 38 .486 [20]
9 Billy Gardner 1987 62 64 .492 [21]
10 John Wathan 19871991 287 270 .515 [22]
11 Bob Schaefer 1991 1 0 1.000 [23]
12 Hal McRae 19911994 286 277 .508 [24]
13 Bob Boone 19951997 181 206 .468 [25]
14 Tony Muser 19972002 317 431 .424 [26]
15 John Mizerock 2002 5 8 .385 [27]
16 Tony Peña 20022005 198 285 .410 [28]
Bob Schaefer 2005 5 12 .294 [23]
17 Buddy Bell 20052007 174 262 .399 [29]
18 Trey Hillman 20082010 152 207 .423 [30]
19 Ned Yost 2010–present 373 402 .481 1 11 4 0 [31]
Totals 3528 3785 .482 8 29 29 1

Notes[edit]

  • A A running total of the number of managers of the Royals. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms is counted only once.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame Register". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Struggling Royals fire Hillman". ESPN MLB. Associated Press. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Royals sign manager Ned Yost through 2013". KSHB-TV website. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Joe Gordon Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Metro Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Bob Lemon Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Jack McKeon Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Whitey Herzog Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  11. ^ "1976 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  12. ^ "1977 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  13. ^ "1978 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  14. ^ "Jim Frey Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  15. ^ "1980 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  16. ^ "Dick Howser Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  17. ^ "1984 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  18. ^ "1985 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  19. ^ "1986 Kansas City Royals season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  20. ^ "Mike Ferraro Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  21. ^ "Billy Gardner Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  22. ^ "John Wathan Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  23. ^ a b "Bob Schaefer Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  24. ^ "Hal McRae Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  25. ^ "Bob Boone Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  26. ^ "Tony Muser Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  27. ^ "John Mizerock Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  28. ^ "Tony Peña Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  29. ^ "Buddy Bell Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  30. ^ "Trey Hillman Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  31. ^ "Ned Yost Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-11.