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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals announced tonight that Matt Quatraro (kwuh-TRAH-row) has been named the 18th full-time manager in franchise history.
Quatraro will be officially presented to the media this Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the interview room at Kauffman Stadium.
“We are extremely excited to have Matt lead our club and our core talent,” Royals executive vice president of baseball operations/general manager JJ Picollo said. “Matt has great experiences throughout his career that have prepared him for this. He impressed us all during our interview process and is clearly respected throughout the industry. We look forward to working alongside Matt to deliver winning baseball to our great fans.”
Quatraro, 48, has spent the past five seasons on Kevin Cash’s Tampa Bay team, including one season as third base coach in 2018 and four seasons as bench coach from 2019-22. The Rays reached the playoffs in four of his five years on their big league team, including a World Series appearance in 2020. In his four years as a bench coach, the record Rays 322-224 (.590) ranked 4th in the Majors behind only the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees.
“JJ and his team designed and executed a rigorous process that found Matt to be our club’s best leader,” Royals chairman and CEO John Sherman said. “Matt is widely respected throughout baseball with a proven track record and tangible contributions to two organizations that have built winning cultures through creativity and innovation. We are thrilled to welcome Matt, his wife Chris and sons George and Leo in the Kansas City community.
Quatraro previously served as an assistant batting coach on Terry Francona’s staff at Cleveland from 2014 to 2017, including a World Series appearance in 2016. During his four-year tenure, the Cleveland offense grew ranked 1st in Majors in doubles, 4th in running and 5th in SPO. Quatraro worked with four Silver Slugger Award winners during his four years as an assistant batting coach at Cleveland, including Michael Brantley (2014), Yan Gomes (2014), Francisco Lindor (2017), and José Ramírez (2017). ).
He was on teams that reached the playoffs in six of his nine major league seasons at Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Over the past seven years, he’s been part of five teams that have won at least 90 games, including the 102-win Cleveland team in 2017 and the 100-win Rays in 2021.
“I am grateful to Mr. Sherman and the ownership group, JJ and the front office, and everyone else with the Royals for this opportunity,” Quatraro said. “I already knew about the talent on the roster and how great Kansas City fans are, and the interview process convinced me that the great things I had heard about the culture of the organization were true. I can’t wait to get started and for my family to come to Kansas City and be a part of this community.
Quatraro’s coaching career began with a 10-year stint in the Rays organization, including stints as a catching instructor/hitting coach at Class A Hudson Valley in 2004, a coaching assignment to the Hudson Valley in 2005, four seasons as manager of three different A-level affiliates from 2006 to 2009, and four years as minor league batting coordinator from 2010 to 2013.
He played seven seasons in the Rays organization from 1996 to 2002, finishing at Triple-A Durham in his final year. He primarily played catcher, but also played both corner infield and corner outfield. Quatraro went to minor league camp with the Yankees in 2003, before retiring as a player with a .286 lifetime batting average.
He was selected by the Rays in the 8th round of the franchise’s inaugural draft class in 1996. That same year, Quatraro graduated from Old Dominion University, where he was named male athlete of the year in 1996.
Matt and his wife, Chris, reside in St. Petersburg, Florida with their sons George (7) and Leo (5).
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