Kansas City Royals fire manager Mike Matheny

Hours after finishing the 2022 season with a 65-97 record, the Kansas City Royals fired manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred on Wednesday, announcing the move on Twitter.

The Royals had picked up Matheny’s 2023 option during spring training but reversed course after a last-place finish in the American League Central.

Matheny managed the Royals for three seasons, finishing with a record of 165-218 (.431 winning percentage). Only the Baltimore Orioles (.416) and Texas Rangers (.389) have had worse records in the AL over that span.

Kansas City are now tasked with rebuilding its entire leadership structure after firing longtime president of baseball operations Dayton Moore last month.

The Royals have not had a winning season since their 2015 World Series championship.