Kansas City finished at the bottom of the AL Central with a 65-97 record, prompting Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred‘s dismissals.
On Sunday, the Royals found somebody to fill the role of manager, hiring 48-year-old Matt Quatraro.
Quatraro had been the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.
He had also worked in Cleveland.
Quatraro is well-respected among players, coaches, and executives across Major League Baseball and somebody who is considered the ideal voice to help guide the Royals’ young core.
Jeff Passan of ESPN delivered the news on Twitter.
The Kansas City Royals are hiring Matt Quatraro as their new manager, sources tell ESPN. Quatraro, 48, has been the Rays' bench coach and also worked in Cleveland. He's adored among players, coaches and execs, and is regarded as the ideal type to shepherd the Royals' young core.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 30, 2022
Royals Get Their Man
Having worked under Kevin Cash in Tampa Bay, Quatraro certainly has the experience necessary to lead a Major League team.
He has experience winning and could turn out to be the perfect fit for the Royals.
The Royals have not finished above the .500 mark since 2015, when they last won the World Series.
That was also the last time that the Royals reached the postseason.
Kansas City never had a winning season under Matheny.
With Quatraro at the helm, they have a chance to potentially flip the script and start anew with a solid and promising young core of players.
And with the ideal manager to guide the young core, Kansas City could be near the end of their rebuild phase.