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Royals Legend Retiring From Baseball After 2022 Season

Tyler Maher
A Kansas City Royals legend is retiring after the 2022 MLB season.
A Kansas City Royals legend is retiring after the 2022 MLB season. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After more than half a century in baseball, John Wathan is ready to say goodbye.

Wathan, 72, is retiring at the end of the season after 51 years in the game, including 47 spent with the Kansas City Royals in a variety of roles.

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While most modern fans know Wathan as a coach, he also enjoyed a solid MLB career as a player. The fourth overall pick in the 1971 MLB Draft, Wathan debuted with the Royals as a catcher in 1976 and helped them win their first World Series in 1985. He retired from playing after that season, going out on the ultimate high note after spending his entire 10-year career with Kansas City.

Like many players, Wathan remained in the game after hanging up his spikes. He stayed with the Royals as a coach and managed the team from 1987-1991. After brief coaching stints with the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox, he returned to Kansas City and spent the rest of his career there in several capacities, working as a broadcaster, scout, assistant coach, roving instructor and more.

Needless to say, Wathan's retirement will leave a significant hole in the Royals organization. His experience and leadership will be missed, especially with the franchise in a state of transition after firing president of baseball operations Dayton Moore last week.

Wathan has lived a full baseball life, but now he's ready for his next chapter.

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