With the Kansas City Royals long-since eliminated from playoff contention, and in the midst of one of his worst seasons at the helm, manager Ned Yost has decided his time in the MLB is up.
In an official statement from the team, Yost announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. Yost said that he planned to navigate the Royals through "the rough times" and turn it over afterwards. He now feels that his job is done.
“With the development of our young players and our returning veterans, I feel and hope the worst is behind us in this rebuilding phase of our organization,” said Yost. “My plan all along was to get us through the rough times then turn it over to a new manager to bring us the rest of the way..."
Yost thanked the organization and the fans for supporting him throughout his career. He expressed his hope that he'll see the Royals in the World Series "very soon."
"...I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here as your manager and will never forget the good and the hard times we had together as an organization and a fan base. I will never forget the fact that you fans supported us through it all. Kansas City will always have a special place in my heart, and I look forward to rooting the Royals on to their next World Championship very soon.”
Yost was hired by the Royals in 2010 after an unheralded career with the Milwaukee Brewers. But within four years, he led them to the playoffs and their first World Series since 1985.
Kansas City lost the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants that year, but returned in 2015. But Yost's team would not be denied this time as they beat the New York Mets in five games to win the title.
Unfortunately for Yost, the three years that followed only got worse and worse.
They're currently 57-100 on the season, only one win off last year's total with five games to go.