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Muser Will Return as K.C. Manager

October 1, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Royals owner David Glass said Monday that manager Tony Muser will return despite this season’s 61-95 record, the third-worst in the major leagues.

Glass had appeared to back off his support of Muser two weeks ago, and speculation grew that a change was imminent.

``We all believe Tony should be back,″ Glass said Monday from his office in Bentonville, Ark. ``I never considered that he shouldn’t be back.″

Muser, in his fifth full season, has more than losses than any other manager in Royals history. Glass said this year he expected the Royals to be over .500, but instead they could break the team record of 97 losses.

Muser has one year left on his contract.

Glass indicated Monday that broad changes could be made throughout the organization.

``All of us came out of spring training believing we had a chance to be competitive in our division,″ Glass said. ``It didn’t work. So instead of sitting and waiting for things to get better, you have to be proactive and make whatever changes you need to make.″

The team has faltered in almost every area _ pitching, offense, defense and fundamentals.

The organization also made an unpopular move during the season when it traded All-Star right fielder Jermaine Dye to Oakland.

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