I am surprised it took them this long to announce Matheny considering he was essentially hired to succeed Yost.

The Kansas City Royals have named Mike Matheny as their new manager.

The Royals announced the decision Thursday, less than a year after hiring Matheny as a special adviser for player development. He will be formally introduced during a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

"Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. "Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential."

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