Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is stepping down as the winningest manager in franchise history with 744 victories. The 65-year old also led the Royals to a World Series championship in 2015, the franchise's second.

Since that title year, though, the Royals have been in a steady decline and have sealed their second straight 100-loss season.

Yost, who took over the club in May 2010, said he thinks the franchise is close to a rebound, however.

"With the development of our young players and our returning veterans, I feel and hope the worst is behind us in this rebuilding phase of our organization," he said in a statement Monday. "My plan all along was to get us through the rough times, then turn it over to a new manager to bring us the rest of the way."

Kansas City is now the third franchise in search of a manager, as the San Diego Padres fired Andy Green on Saturday and, like Yost, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is retiring at the end of this season.

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