The Kansas City Royals have lost their last five games and have fell to 21-26 after coming out of the gate hot, and at one point, leading the American League Central. With a highly talented team, the Royals should be in play for a division title, but with their recent struggles, manager Ned Yost is quickly becoming a candidate to get fired this summer.
Yost is in his fourth season as Royals manager and has not finished greater than third in the division in those four years. Last season was his best year as the Royals finished in third in the AL Central, but only had a record of 72-90, one win better than the 2011 season. There is no doubt that the Royals are getting better as players like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas progress, but it seems like Yost is not going to last much longer on the team.
Royals owner David Glass and Yost usually meet with each other as they did Sunday to talk about frustrations with how the team is playing. Both parties want to win, but it may not be Yost who takes the team to the next level. The Royals have a lot of young talent and a younger manager may be the necessary step for Kansas City.
Kansas City has not made the playoffs since it won the World Series in 1985, and has not finished better than third in the division since 1995 when it was 70-74.