The Royals named Mike Matheny as the club's new manager on Thursday.
Matheny becomes the 17th skipper in franchise history after joining Kansas City as a special advisor to player development in November 2018. He succeeds Ned Yost, who retired at the conclusion of the 2019 season after 10 years with the organization. MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports Matheny was considered "the front-runner" for the position.
Matheny, 49, managed the Cardinals for six-and-a-half seasons from 2012-18 and led them to four postseason appearances. St. Louis won three National League Central titles and one NL pennant during that span, and he compiled a 591-473 win-loss record with the club. The Cardinals fired Matheny in July 2018 following reports of clubhouse issues.
The Royals finished the 2019 season with a 59–103 record in fourth place in the American League Central. They have not reached the postseason since 2015.
Kansas City will introduce Matheny as manager at a press conference on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.