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KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16:  Manager Ned Yost #2 of the Kansas City Royals congratulates players after the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16: Manager Ned Yost #2 of the Kansas City Royals congratulates players after the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on May 16, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Trey Hillman always took a lot of heat for not ever being in a major league dugout as a player or a manager until he managed his first game as a Royal. I have decided to go back and look at how the full time (sorry Bob Schaefer – twice and John Mizerock) Royal managers did as players. Here is an overview of the managers over the years:

 

Years a Royals Manager Name Wins Losses Win % Player Years Player WAR Pa/Games HR/Wins OPS+/ERA+
1969 Joe Gordon 69 93 0.426 1938-1950 54.9 6536 253 120
1970 Charlie Metro 19 33 0.365 1943-1945 -2.2 400 3 50
1970 to 1972 Bob Lemon 207 218 0.487 1946-1958 42.4 2850 207 119
1973 to 1975 Jack McKeon 215 205 0.512 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1975 to 1979 Whitey Herzog 410 304 0.574 1956-1963 2.7 1885 25 97
1980 to 1981 Jim Frey 127 105 0.547 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1981 to 1986 Dick Howser 404 365 0.525 1961-1968 9.7 2937 16 87
1986 Mike Ferraro 36 38 0.486 1966-1972 -1 406 2 86
1987 Billy Gardner 62 64 0.492 1954-1963 -0.1 3889 41 70
1987 to 1991 John Wathan 287 270 0.515 1976-1985 3.1 2764 21 83
1991 to 1994 Hal McRae 286 277 0.508 1968-1987 26.1 8058 191 122
1995 to 1997 Bob Boone 181 206 0.468 1972-1990 26 8148 105 82
1997 to 2002 Tony Muser 317 431 0.424 1969-1978 -2.6 1389 7 81
2002 to 2005 Tony Pena 198 285 0.410 1980-1997 18.8 7073 107 84
2005 to 2007 Buddy Bell 174 262 0.399 1972-1989 60.7 10009 201 109
2008 – 2010 Trey Hillman 153 207 0.425 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2010 to N/A Ned Yost - -
1980-1985 -4.1 640 16 57

 

 

 

I put each of the managers in the following categories. I was hoping to do more writing on each one, but am not finding the time.

 

The Hall of Famers

Joe Gordon

Bob Lemon

 

The Darn Good

Buddy Bell

 

The Good

Hal McRae

Bob Boone

Tony Pena

 

Respectable

Dick Howser

 

Replacement Level

John Wathan

Whitey Herzog

 

Bad

Billy Gardner

Mike Ferraro

Charlie Metro

Tony Muser

Ned Yost

 

Wanted to be in the Major Leagues

Jack McKeon

Jim Frey

Trey Hillman