By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Royals announced they exercised the 2013 option on manager Ned Yost, who has been the team's skipper since May of 2010.
Yost took over for Trey Hillman in 2010 and was then given a two-year extension with the option for 2013 later that season. The Royals have gone 126-163 under Yost, who has a career record of 583-665 with the Brewers and Royals.
Yost was at the helm when many of the Brewers' younger players, such as Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, came up through Milwaukee's farm system, but was fired right before the team made the playoffs in 2008. The Royals have a similar wave of young talent coming through the system and expectations are beginning to grow in Kansas City. With Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas finally in the big leagues and even guys like Wil Myers on their way, expectations are growing. The Royals will likely need to put up a winning season in the next two years or, like in Milwaukee, it'll be a different manager taking Yost's old team to the playoffs.
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