Apr 19, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) argues with home plate umpire Greg Gibson (center) after getting thrown out of the game against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
One of the most infuriating aspects of Yost’s managerial style is his unwillingness to give anything to the media outside of “coach speak,” and what he perceives as jokes. The media and fans have learned to deal with it, but it certainly doesn’t endear to him anyone in those groups.
Frankly, Yost doesn’t seem to care.
That same unwillingness is translated into player loyalty — and is what makes him a good manager.
His players know he always has their backs, and they want to win for the guy.
He knows Omar Infante doesn’t deserve to start the all-star game despite nearly getting enough votes for the honor, but he isn’t going to say anything bad about his second baseman.
Really? So, Infante must give some amazing pre-game speeches, because his offense basically ranks last in the AL among qualifying second baseman.
McCoullugh later clarified that Yost was talking about Omar’s glove, you know, the one that has helped him rank 14th in the AL in fielding percentage.
The point being that Yost is going to stand up for his players, and that has to carry some weight when they are out their fighting for wins every night, especially when so-called experts are saying managers actually affect the outcome of a small percentage of games.
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