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Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro named new manager by Royals

The Kansas City Royals announced Sunday that Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro has been named the 18th full-time coach in franchise history.

Quatraro, 48, will replace Mike He Matheny in KC’s dugout. Matheny was released shortly after the end of the regular season after leading the Royals to a record 165-219 in three years. Under Matheny in 2022, the Royals went on a 65-97 record. Finished last in the American League Central. These organizational changes also included the dismissal of longtime executive Dayton Moore and his promotion to J.J. Small to managing director. Quatraro becomes Piccolo’s handpicked manager.

In a statement on Sunday, Small said: “I on the delighted that Matt will lead our club and our center of talent. “Matt has had great experience throughout his career and this experience has prepared him. He made a huge impression on all of us during the interview process and is clearly respected throughout the industry. We look forward to working with Matt to bring winning baseball to our amazing fans.”

“I would like to thank [Chairman and CEO Bruce] Sherman and his J.J. of the Owners Group and everyone at the Front Office and The Royals for giving me this opportunity,” Quatraro said in the same statement. “I already knew how great the talent on the roster and the Kansas City fans were, so during the interview process, I was convinced that the great things I had heard about the culture of the organization were true. I can’t wait to be part of this community.”

Before being named manager of the Royals, Quatraro was the Rays’ bench coach since 2018. Prior to that, he was the Rays’ minor league batting coordinator and third base coach. After serving as Cleveland’s hitting coach in 2014, Quatraro spent part of Season 6 as catcher, outfielder, and first baseman in the Devil Rays’ system at the time. He climbed to triple-A level, but didn’t make it to the majors. He then reached single A level over his four seasons in his Tampa Bay system.

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