OTC: Fire Ned Yost. It Is Not Too Late. But It Soon Will Be. / Royals Drop 3 Of 4 To Boston As Crow Flies Like A Granny

“Because I had confidence in Aaron Crow. That’s why. Aaron Crow’s inning is the sixth inning. Kelvin’s is the seventh.”
Ned Yost, when asked why he didn’t opt for Kelvin Herrera or another pitcher from his bullpen before Crow game up the game-deciding grand slam to Boston’s Daniel Nava Sunday afternoon, Kansas City Star
GH: THIS is the reasoning we get from the manager of a team in their first September pennant race in 29 years? He had confidence in the guy who he sent down to NW Arkansas last month to pitch in a game that may very well have decided the Royals’ postseason fate? Fire Ned Yost. Fire Ned Yost today. “Aaron Crow’s inning is the sixth inning.” What is this, Little League? Is Mrs. Yost up in the stands keeping track of how many innings the kids play? Fire Ned Yost. Milwaukee did it before he cost them their postseason. It is still not too late. Fire Ned Yost.

“(Aaron Crow’s) lease has run out for me. I’d rather see Bruce Chen out there than Aaron ‘Gas Can’ Crow. You can’t trust Aaron Crow right now with the baseball. When you’re building your postseason roster, you’ve got to have 25 guys on that roster that you can trust.”
Bob Fescoe, spoken about a month ago on his radio show, 610 AM
GH: I bring this quote up now because when Fescoe made these comments, Crow had proven to all who were watching that he could no longer be trusted in high-leverage situations. This was BEFORE the Royals sent him down to Arkansas. I would offer that we can no longer (and probably never could) trust Ned Yost in high-leverage situations. Fire Ned Yost.

“It’s frustrating that we were one out away from getting to Kelvin Herrera with a one-run lead. That was frustrating.”
Ned Yost, Kansas City Star
GH: Unbelievable. Yost sounds like he manages the game from a prerecorded game plan that Moses chiseled onto Ned’s head…or stone. There doesn’t appear to be a great deal of difference.

“He was an out away from using (Herrera)! Really? One out? We can’t afford to lose games in that situation.”
Mike Boddicker, 810 AM
GH: Translation: Fire Ned Yost.

“It’s not a big deal. Puts the double play in order.”
Aaron Crow, when asked about issuing a walk to the Red Sox power hitter Cespedes, Kansas City Star
GH: When a reliever has the attitude that a walk in the sixth inning of a one-run game is “not a big deal,” that reliever is not worthy of pitching in a pennant race. Sit Aaron Crow for the rest of the season and fire Ned Yost.

“Fourteen games left. Yeah, we’ve got plenty of time.”
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Star
GH: How can Cain or any player on September 14th think they have “plenty of time?” Cain should have tackled Crow when he started in from the bullpen and thrown his ass back over the wall. Fire Ned Yost.

“No. No. No.”
Ned Yost, when asked in his postgame if his team can afford to lose three of four games in September to one of the worst teams in the league, Fox 4
GH: Yost abruptly ended his postgame presser by quickly mumbling a thank you to the media and storming out of the room. What did Yost expect when your teams blows a four-run lead at home over the lowly Red Sox and then you choose to go with the one guy in your pen who appears to be writing a horror novel the second half of the season? Fire Ned Yost.

“Here’s the way I’m approaching it – they need to win every single game.”
Josh Klingler, when asked if he thinks the Royals need to win at least nine of their remaining games, 610 AM
GH: It sure would be nice if Yost approached the remaining games with that same resolve. He pitched Crow and left his bets arms sitting in his bullpen? Maybe the best pen the Royals have ever had? Fire Ned Yost.

“The chance of a win gone (with Nava’s grand slam). Series spit chances gone. And you hope the chance for the playoffs isn’t gone. If the sixth inning is really (Crow’s), they wouldn’t have sent him down to NW Arkansas earlier this year. They wouldn’t have sent him down. Yesterday, I thought the game was given away by Ned Yost.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: There has not been a more staunch supporter of Ned Yost in this city than Bob Fescoe. Even the Bulldog is calling out Yost on this one. Fire Ned Yost.

“Bury the hatchet! Stop your vendetta against Billy Butler. Play Billy Butler at DH the last two weeks! I don’t want to see Nori Aoki at DH instead of Billy Butler! And Butler has not been good this year. But you’ve got to play him.”
Steven St. John, on Yost’s decision to sit Butler down the stretch in favor of just about anyone, 810 AM
GH: Billy Butler needs to go off. I mean GO OFF! He needs to go on live TV and rip into Ned now. Waiting until after this house is burnt to the ground by Nedly will do us no good. Fire Ned Yost.

“If Ned Yost does get fired, everybody will point to that loss yesterday.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: I was planting Knock Out Roses in my front yard when Crow gave up the grand salami to Nava. It changed everything. The game and my hopes for the postseason. I know it’s not over until it is over but I will never forget how I felt listening to that radio call of that grand slam. Fire Ned Yost today. Tell him to remove every piece of Royals clothing he has in his possession and drive his ass to the Georgia border where he can have his tractor waiting so he can drive straight home as the Crow flies. Fire Ned Yost.

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38 Responses to OTC: Fire Ned Yost. It Is Not Too Late. But It Soon Will Be. / Royals Drop 3 Of 4 To Boston As Crow Flies Like A Granny

  1. Gavin says:

    “There has not been a more staunch supporter of Ned Yost in this city than Bob Fescoe.”

    Unfortunately, this isn’t quite true. Dayton Moore has been more staunch in his support of Yost and I fear it may have cost a playoff berth.

    Remember kids, you can’t spell “Red-Faced Destroyer King” without “Edgar Frederick ‘Ned’ Yost.”

  2. Maff says:

    Ned and Reid cannot manage a game. They may know their respective games, but they have no idea how to manage the nuances of the game.

    That makes them incomplete coaches. We can do much better than either. BTW, our football GM blows too. Look at ALL his stupid moves

  3. ssiknaf says:

    off subject – it’s not too late in the year to plant roses?

  4. JHawkScott says:

    In a season of kicks to the gut, yesterday’s was the worst. Why can’t we have nice things?

    • MUC says:

      because the Royals are gonna Royal.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      JHawkScott – you have KU basketball. So there’s that….

      • JHawkScott says:

        Maybe Crow wanted us all to know what major disappointment feels like for a fan base? I’m still pissed about the game and hearing the Yost comments just makes it worse.

        There have been so many times this season where I felt like the Royals “lost it” and were buried. Can they come back one more time? Can we fly Sung Woo back over?

  5. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Ned Yost….the guy got fired in the middle of a playoff run by the Milwaukee Brewers. Why did this dicksmack Dayton Moore think KC was going to be any different? Send both guys back to Atlanta.

  6. Steve Dean says:

    Greg, I’m sensing a theme here.

  7. Sailor says:

    This is strong, very strong:

    • Joe Blow says:

      It’s stupid, very stupid. It’s not even an interesting read, it’s trying *so* hard to say something, but with really shitty writing that makes it impossible to get through..

  8. Java Man says:

    No credit for getting this average collection of a team into play-off contention with two weeks remaining?

    • david says:

      How long have you been reading OTC? GH wanted Yost fired last year and has been looking all year for a reason to blast off this column. Methinks he would rather fire Yost than make the playoffs.

      • Joe Blow says:

        Online Royals fans have been foaming at the mouth since Yost was hired as special adviser while Trey HIllman was manager to call for him to be fired…you know, since he was fired before. And, obviously, former players don’t understand shit about playing in the Major Leagues..

    • b12 says:

      The Royals have 3 against the White Sox. The Tigers have 3 against the Twins. By Thursday morning the Royals will be at least 3 games back with 11 to play. Ugh.

      No, Ned. You don’t put Aaron Crow in the ballgame yesterday. Holy crap.

      I can handle Ned being a general putz to the outside world if the Royals win the division.

      Anything short, he’s got to go. Really, that was a fireable offense yesterday.

  9. GMoney says:

    Greg, I am so fucking pissed at Yost. How can he put a guy who was in the minors 2 weeks ago and you put him in the game with our best pitchers in the pin. Fire his ass!!

  10. FJH says:

    Hey, I have an idea. What if the HITTERS score some RUNS?

  11. John Giardino says:

    Chiefs suck. Royals are poorly managed when it counts (after decades of suckiness). I am turning my attention to the KC Symphony and our arts scene. Surely there MUST be some human endeavor in Kansas City where excellence can be found!

  12. Joe Blow says:

    Why doesn’t anyone understand that Crow was down in the minors for like two days because he was a guy on the roster who still had an option, before rosters expanded? Yeah, he hasn’t been a top option this year, but if you use one of your best guys in that situation, you’ll probably still have to turn to someone like Crow a little bit later in the game. And then it would be, “Why did you burn one of your best relievers that early in the game?!” Oh wait, I mean, CROW WAS IN THE MINORS THIS YEAR, FUCK.

    And, Ned gives crap answers to crap questions. Reporters don’t know or care about the specific availability of relievers — they only want to ask shitty questions when something doesn’t work.

    • Java Man says:

      Ned needs to realize that this is 2014. He should have asked on Twitter.

    • KV says:

      In the middle of a pennant chase, in close must win 1 run games, in high leverage situations you need to go with pitchers who you know can perform in those kinds of scenarios. Aaron Crow is not one of those pitchers. I’d much rather take my chances with Crow to start an inning while still ahead than to have him come in in the middle of a five alarm fire and give up a grand slam to put us behind by 3 runs. And besides, Herrera and Davis haven’t pitched since Wednesday. Frasor struck out the side on Friday on 17 pitches. And Holland looked fine as well on Friday (18 pitches) if you have reservations about using him in save situations. Ned had options, he chose the worst one. The excuses are getting thin.

    • Phaedrus says:

      There wouldn’t be near this much animosity towards Ned if he didn’t act like the smartest guy in the room and give those “crap” answers….dome, 3rd base tree, Herrerra’s inning is the 7th, etc.

      He’s treated the media/fans like shit (or at least, he hasn’t been personable), and now he’s paying the price.

      • Joe Blow says:

        They should put a Build-a-Bear at the post-game conferences and apparently everyone would be happy.

        Who even listens to those?

  13. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Keith Law, two weeks ago on Twiter: “Ned Yost will be the downfall of this team.”

  14. Herb says:

    This entire thing has turned in to a disaster. The worst part about it is that Special Ned will still be the manager next year.

  15. Herb says:

    And I don’t care about last nigth’s win, either. Baseball Tonight praises Ned for using his 40 man roster last night. They fail to see the irony of Ned saying “Crow’s inning is the 6th”… Idiots.

  16. mike t. says:

    but apparently his base running strategy worked last night. can the magic be reclaimed? will ned use his head? this is why they play the games, so stayed tuned

  17. R.H. says:

    For the love of Oklahoma Joe’s, David Glass please fire Ned Yost tonight, so that the Royals have a fighting chance to get in the playoffs.

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