Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The Kansas City Royals have rewarded manager Ned Yost with a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season after leading them to their best record in 24 years.
The Royals, who failed in their bid for a late-season playoff push, still finished 10 games above .500 at 86-76.
“The continuity aspect of what we’re doing here in Kansas City is crucial,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “That’s what we’ve tried to build and we don’t want a change for change sake in our key leadership positions.”
“Ned is a terrific leader, he’s a great competitor, the players play hard and respect Ned. He comes to win,” he added.
Yost said he was happy with the great progress the team had in the past season, saying he’s excited about the team’s future.
“Our main goal is to win the World Series, but we took a major step this year — finished 10 games over .500. That was huge for us. That was a big first step,” Yost said.
The Royals won 42 games after the All-Star break, most in the American League, and was in the hunt for the AL’s second Wild Card spot down the stretch.
Yost took over as manager on May 13, 2010, succeeding Trey Hillman. In his four seasons, he has a 284-329 record.
In his 10-year managerial tenure, including six years as skipper of the Milwaukee Brewers, Yost’s record stands at 741-831.