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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost watches batting practice during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ned Yost is retiring as manager of the Kansas City Royals after a career that took the club to the World Series in 2014 and 2015.

Yost announced Monday that he will  step down, effective Sunday after the 2019 season finale against the Minnesota Twins. He leaves as the all-time winningest manager in franchise history (744 wins) and the first manager to lead the Royals to consecutive World Series appearances.

“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,” Yost said. “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.”

The 16th full-time manager in team history, Yost was named to the post on May 13, 2010.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to a 22-9 postseason record for a .710 winning percentage, which still leads all managers who have managed at least 20 postseason games. His 2014 club was the first in Major League history to begin the postseason with eight consecutive victories, winning the Wild Card Game at home over Oakland, followed by sweeps of the Los Angeles Angels (3-0) in the Division Series and the Baltimore Orioles (4-0) in the Championship Series.

The following season, he managed the Royals to their second World Series title, defeating Houston in the Division Series (3-2) and Toronto (4-2) in the Championship Series, followed by a 4-1 series win over the New York Mets to bring Kansas City its first World Series Championship since 1985.