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Royals Make Major Shakeup to Clubhouse Leadership

Tyler Maher
The Kansas City Royals are making more significant changes to their leadership.
The Kansas City Royals are making more significant changes to their leadership. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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This past season was another tough campaign for the Kansas City Royals, and heads are already starting to roll.

Just a few weeks after dismissing longtime team executive Dayton Moore from his post as President of Baseball Operations, the Royals are making leadership changes at the field level as well.

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Moore is not the only one out of a job, as Kansas City fired manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred mere hours after the final game of the 2022 regular season.

The team took a significant step back this year, slipping from 74 wins to 65 wins and finishing last in the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The Royals have now endured six consecutive losing seasons, the last three of which have occurred under Matheny's watch.

It was hoped that Matheny could turn things around after previously having success with the St. Louis Cardinals, leading them to the World Series in 2013 and posting a winning record in all seven of his seasons there. He was unable to replicate that success with Kansas City, however, largely because of the Royals' inferior talent level and lower payroll.

As for Eldred, he had served as the team's pitching coach since the 2018 season. Kansas City's pitching staff was a mess this year, however, ranking last in the American League in strikeouts, walks, hits allowed and ERA despite the return of Zack Greinke.

The Royals have major changes coming on the horizon as they attempt to return to contention. Their new leadership will have their work cut out for them, so hopefully they're up to the challenge.

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