The Royals hired ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and it brought KC and St. Louis fans together

Ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is back in baseball as a special advisor to the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo)
Ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is back in baseball as a special advisor to the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo)

It’s not often that Kansas City and St. Louis baseball fans agree on anything — let alone console each other — but news on Friday afternoon that ex-Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was joining the Royals as a special advisor almost seemed to bring the two sides together.

And not necessarily in a good way.

It appears neither fanbase particularly likes Matheny and they haven’t been too quiet about the matter on social media, either.

Matheny’s rough ending in St. Louis

Part of the dismay over putting Matheny in a player development role comes from that area being one of his biggest downfalls in St. Louis.

After inheriting a perennial contender from manager Tony La Russa when he took over the Cardinals in 2012, Matheny won just one pennant and three division titles. The success quickly. Matheny’s clubs hadn’t made the playoffs since 2015. That especially doesn’t cut in St. Louis.

His final record with the Cardinals came out to 591-474, and despite never finishing a year below .500, Matheny was sacked during a rough first half of the season in 2018.

The end of Matheny’s time in St. Louis was marked by a clear disconnect between his coaching philosophies and the players in his clubhouse.

Matheny’s fit in Kansas City

In bringing in the former big league catcher, Royals general manager Dayton Moore stated that he’s “excited about the possibilities of what he’ll bring to our organization.”

That could lead to a lot of speculation about what happens to Matheny after current Royals manager Ned Yost finished out what’s supposed to be his final year with the club.

It’s far too early to tell what either side is planning on doing after the 2018 season, but as Jon Heyman points out, there will be a lot of fans wondering if Moore just hired his manager-in-waiting.

Given how Royals and Cardinals fans have responded to news of Matheny advising Kansas City, there’s a chance that Matheny taking over the club could end all animosity between the two sides of Missouri for good.

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