Deep down, we knew this was coming. According to ESPN, the Kansas City Royals have extended Ned Yost for two more years, through the 2015 season.
The Royals went 86-76 in 2013, their best season since 1989, and the first time they have finished over .500 since the 2003 season. Kansas City had a winning record in each month of the season except May, where they went 8-20. They were not eliminated from the wild card chase until there were just 4 games to go.
The Royals showed improvement in the second half, going 43-27 after the All-Star break. Some fans, including myself, believe the Royals won in spite of Yost’s managerial decisions, not because of them. Yost does not seem to have a good feel for his personnel, especially his pitching staff.
Yost, who has a career winning percentage of .471 (741-831). He managed the Milwaukee Brewers for 6 seasons, and Kansas City for four years. He contract was due to expire after this season.
Here is some reactions to the move from twitter:
The #Royals can go to the playoffs with Ned Yost at the helm. I can’t say the same for Dayton Moore.
— Kevin Agee (@Kevin_Agee) October 1, 2013
The #Royals had one of their best years in franchise history. I’m okay with a Ned Yost contract extension. Whiners gonna whine.
— Levi Henry (@levihenry) October 1, 2013
— Ty Gardner (@TyGardner) October 1, 2013
— Craig Brown (@royalsauthority) September 16, 2013
Ned Yost signed to a 2 year extension? Meh. Fine. My standard for 2014 remains the same. Playoffs or bust. Anything less is unacceptable.
— Lawnchair GM (@MizzouKCfan4) October 1, 2013
I’m not a Royals fan but giving Ned Yost a 2 year extension is absurd.
— Zach Branham (@zbranham_5) October 1, 2013
Obviously, the mood is mixed when it comes to this extension but personally, I was frustrated with many of his decisions down the stretch, a couple of which I thought could have cost the Royals the game. For instance, a few weeks ago, with runners on second and third with 2 outs, and the Royals needing a single run to tie, Yost pinch hit Carlos Pena for the contact hitting Jarrod Dyson. Pena struck out on 7 pitches, never swinging at one. Dyson should have been left in the game so maybe he could make contact and squeeze a hit through the infield. That is just one example.
The fact Yost thought it was a good idea ever to bat Chris Getz first or second in the line up, let alone doing it 12 times, is enough not to be extended right there.
We shall see if this was a bright move. Until proven wrong, my guess is no.
Yost also seems to make line-up and changes and play reserves just for the sake of doing it.