Mike Matheny favored to be next Royals manager
Ned Yost has retired after nine seasons as the manager of the Kansas City Royals, meaning they have a vacancy to fill. Mike Matheny is believed to be the likely replacement.
When Yost retired, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale said Matheny was expected to become the team’s next manager.
Ned Yost announces his retirement and Mike Matheny is expected to become next #Royals manager
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 23, 2019
Sportsbetting.ag released odds on the team’s next manager Monday and listed Matheny as the favorite with +200 odds.
.@SportsBettingAG odds to be the next #Royals manager
Mike Matheny +200
Raul Ibanez +300
Carlos Beltran +400
Pedro Grifol +600
Dale Sveum +700
Bob Geren +800
Tony Pena Jr. +900
Joe Maddon +1200
Joe Girardi +1200
— Alex Gold???? (@AlexGold) September 30, 2019
Matheny, 49, managed the Cardinals from 2012-2018. They reached the World Series in his second season but he was fired last year amid a third straight season without a postseason appearance. Matheny used some questionable tactical decisions during his tenure, and some Royals fans are not thrilled with the idea of his hiring.
I think most fans aren't aware of why so many of us are adamantly against Mike Matheny. It's not simply that he was a horrible tactical manager. It's that he empowered the veterans on his team (e.g. Bud Norris) to bully the rookies (e.g. Jordan Hicks). That's a red line for me. https://t.co/Nr76RbVfqo
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) September 23, 2019