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"The Royals’ biggest move this winter was hiring Mike Matheny. It’s a peculiar choice; in addition to being one of the worst tactical managers of his era, Matheny struggled to show patience with young players during his time in St. Louis. The Royals are betting a significant part of their rebuilding plan on the idea that Matheny can bring along a young core. I can more easily believe he’ll be a better dugout manager -- the Royals’ front office dragged Ned Yost up from laughably bad to almost adequate -- than that he’ll have the personality change necessary to get young players through their growing pains. This will be the most important story to watch in Kansas City this year."