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Kansas City Royals: Appreciating Ned Yost as Royals manager

May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Ned Yost – Captain of the Ship

Jonny Gomes, in his now infamous speech from the 2015 World Series Celebration, referred to Ned Yost as the captain of the ship.

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While the 2016 season did not go how fans would have liked, there is no question that Yost helped keep the ship above water. The Royals struggled through an awful July and never fully recovered while dealing with a multitude of injuries.

A lackluster season last year coupled with the atrocious start to the season this year has led the firing calls to begin once more. Let’s take a step back for a moment and truly appreciate how Yost has managed this ball club.

In 2015, Mike Moustakas lost his mom and Chris Young and Edinson Volquez lost their fathers. Before the start of this season, Yost lost his own mother and a few months after that tragedy struck again.

In January, the Kansas City area and the baseball world lost Yordano Ventura to a car accident. Guiding a team through the loss of a teammate is no easy feat. The Royals have struggled to start the season to be sure but we have to keep in mind what they are dealing with. They are facing the reality of moving on without a teammate but more importantly a brother.

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When you experience emotional pain the ups and downs are going to come with that. It says a lot about Ned Yost and this team in general that they have not completely imploded. In fact they are doing the opposite and getting back in the race.

Success does not happen without good leadership. Here’s to you Ned!