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Who is the best Kansas City Royals manager of all time? To answer that question, this list ranks all the Kansas City Royals managers in franchise history from best to worst according to the votes of baseball fans. Vote up the top Kansas City Royals coaches since the team was formed in 1969. You can also downvote any manager that you think held the team back.

Whitey Herzog holds the highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season. He was also one of only four skippers to lead the team to the playoffs, and he's on the list of the greatest MLB managers ever. The only Royals manager to win a World Series was Dick Howser in 1985. Despite being the only manager to win a World Series, he is not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Who is the greatest Kansas City Royals skipper of all time? Vote up the Royals managers with the best records, as well as the coaches you simply like the most. Rerank the whole list to create your own definitive list of the greatest Royals coaches.
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1
15 4
Dick Howser is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Dick Howser Died at 51 (1936-1987)

2
12 3
Whitey Herzog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Whitey Herzog age 87

3
12 6
Ned Yost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Ned Yost age 63

4
8 3
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Hal McRae age 73

5
7 3
Jim Frey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Jim Frey age 87

6
7 3
Jack McKeon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Jack McKeon age 88

7
6 3
John Wathan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
John Wathan age 69

8
5 2
Billy Gardner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Billy Gardner age 91

9
5 2
Buddy Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Buddy Bell age 67

10
4 1
Bob Schaefer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Bob Schaefer age 74

11
5 3
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Bob Boone age 71

12
4 2
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Tony Peña age 36

13
3 2
Tony Muser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Tony Muser age 71

14
3 3
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Bob Lemon Died at 80 (1920-2000)

15
2 2
Charlie Metro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Charlie Metro Died at 92 (1919-2011)

16
3 4
Mike Ferraro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Mike Ferraro age 74

17
1 3
John Mizerock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
John Mizerock age 58

18
1 3
Joe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Joe Gordon Died at 63 (1915-1978)

19
1 5
Trey Hillman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kansas City Royals Managers of All Time
Trey Hillman age 55