Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost – Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Royals‘ 2-1 loss on Sunday to the Chicago Cubs hurts the team in so many ways. Many say it only counts as one game, but I’m not so sure. Plus, are the Royals so good that they can throw away games?
Let’s not forget this was barely a Wild Card team last year, and after Sunday’s loss, they’re no longer in first place in the American League Central. It’s no consolation to know that it likely could’ve been avoided with better decision-making.
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I’ve heard multiple baseball experts claim the role of a MLB manager is grossly overrated. Some have even estimated that a good manager can only truly be credited with a handful of victories over the course of a 162 game schedule.
This assertion is being affirmed time and time again by MLB teams, as we’ve seen a trend of hiring baseball managers with no managing experience whatsoever.
What those experts don’t say is how many losses a bad manager can be credited with. In my opinion, that number is much more inflated, but I have no way of assigning a numerical value to that belief.
What I do have is common sense, and a few things in Sunday’s Royals/Cubs game simply didn’t add up. I’ve avoided a great deal of Ned Yost-bashing to this point in the season.
Honestly, there hasn’t been much to complain about, but I also decided that anyone who manages my Kansas City Royals to the World Series deserves some slack (especially Game 7 of the World Series). That slack was seriously tested Sunday.
Next: How Was It Tested?