Jeron Kennis Royster
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 165 lb.
Jerry Royster played 16 years in the major leagues, of which ten were with the Atlanta Braves. He had over 300 at-bats in five of those seasons, and for much of the rest of his career was a useful infielder-outfielder. Similarity scores shows that the most similar player to Royster is another all-purpose player, Derrel Thomas.
Since his big league career ended, Royster has been a minor league manager and a big league coach.
Royster was a manager in the minors from 1989-1992. He was a member of the expansion Colorado Rockies coaching staff in their inaugural season of 1993. He returned to the minor league managerial ranks from 1995 to 1998. In 1999 he was the minor league baserunning/infield coordinator for the Montreal Expos. After spending over two seasons a Milwaukee Brewers coach, he was the club's skipper for most of the 2002 season. Royster was the Los Angeles Dodgers infield coordinator in 2003-2004. In 2005 and 2006, he managed the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.
Royster was hired to manage the Lotte Giants for 2008. He was the first foreign manager in the 26-year history of the Korea Baseball Organization. Lotte got off to a good start in the first month while Royster was trying to learn how to greet properly. He was bowing as common in Korea but was also making eye contact, an American custom frowned upon in Korea. Royster led Lotte to the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, but they were swept by the Samsung Lions. One of his players was Karim Garcia.
- 1976 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1979)
|Milwaukee Brewers Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
- Jerry Royster (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget," Baseball Digest, May 1985, pp. 55-57.