OTC: Has Ned Yost Earned His Repuation As A Baseball Dunce Or Our Respect?

hosmer“Ned Yost and Buck Showalter: The Dunce and the Chessmaster”
Headline, Wall Street Journal GH: Ned Yost is what the back of his baseball card says he is – a guy who this Royals team is going to have to win in spite of his gaffs. There are those who continue to support Ned Yost. I believe many of them do so because they root for the Royals and bristle at any criticism leveled at their manager, players or organization…or their radio station happens to own the radio rights to Royals’ broadcasts. The national media is not bound by those biases. Read on.

“Flying in the face of the prevailing industry trend, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost are making for must-see TV. And they are doing so for completely opposite reasons. … In Kansas City, Yost has become baseball’s accidental millionaire. His moves have backfired so often that fans have coined a new adjective to describe the Royals when they are doomed by one of them: ‘Yosted.’ And yet, Yost is the first manager of a Royals playoff team since 1985. … But if the Orioles make a run to the World Series, they will do so partly because of Showalter. If the Royals play deep into October, they may do so partly in spite of Yost. And that isn’t boring at all.” Brian Costa, writer, Wall Street Journal

“I think (the dunce label) just flat-out disrespectful.”
Henry Lake, 610 AM
GH: Of course it is disrespectful! Was Milwaukee being respectful when they fired Yost with his team in first place during a late-season pennant run? Respect is overrated. It is simply how someone views another. Get over it.

“The coming ALCS is, being kind, a managerial mismatch. On the one hand is Showalter, who has been the singular driving force behind the Baltimore renaissance, who has managed to shrug off brutal losses to a third of his regular lineup – Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, Chris Davis – and does something every game that puts the O’s in position to win. On the other is Ned Yost, once fired with less than two weeks to go in a season when his Brewers were in first place, and that may seem like a harsh sentence unless you watch Yost work every day. Put it this way: There are more than a few Mets fans whose eyes are scarred from watching Terry Collins grapple with The Book and other daily items of managerial whim. Collins, who is a fine day-to-day keeper of clubhouses, is less proficient at the in-game moments that occur every day. And Yost makes Collins look like Muggsy McGraw.”
Mike Vaccaro, sports columnist, New York Post

“This (Royals) team wasn’t so ridiculously talented that they could win despite their manager. When the Royals eventually lose, they’ll blame it on Yost and that’s the easy way to do it and go about it.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: The easy thing to do now that the Royals are in the ALCS is to overlook Yost’s poor record on managerial decisions and bury your head under a Royals blue blanket. The difficult thing to do (especially for the local media) is to buck the wave of euphoria that is washing over Royals Nation and continue to point out that this team has succeeded despite Yost. I am all for doing things the easy way but the media is not allowed the luxury to be swept up like a fan and forget to execute their jobs.

“Only … look who’s still playing. And look who’s still managing.  If Showalter were playing Yost in chess, the Orioles would be the no-brainer pick (especially since poor Ned would probably think they were playing checkers). … But it’s not chess. It’s not football. It’s baseball. The O’s get a huge checkmark in that box. They’ll still need a little more than that.”
Mike Vaccaro, sports columnist, New York Post

“Is it really too difficult to give him credit? The dunce has won four straight playoff games with really a team that doesn’t have playoff experience.”
Jay Binkley, refuting Yost’s critics, 610 AM
GH: There is no conspiracy to discredit Yost. It simply is popular opinion.

“The ALCS opener will be at Camden Yards and will feature a Cinderella opponent from just outside the Land of Oz because of factors that cannot be appraised with the usual baseball metrics. Call it karma or mojo or the most overused word in the sports lexicon — destiny. There’s going to be at least one team in the World Series this year that will have no logical explanation for its presence on baseball’s biggest stage.”
Peter Schmuck, sports columnist, Baltimore Sun
GH: The Orioles won 96 games and won the AL East by 12 games. They led MLB in homers. They have Buck Showalter as their manager. There is plenty of logic to think the Orioles should represent the AL in the World Series. Eric Hosmer hit nine home runs this season and he is on the cover of SI this week. Do not even try to make sense of this game called baseball.

“I just think this (Royals team) is a team of destiny.”
Mike Boddicker, the former Orioles and Royals pitcher, 810 AM

“The only question is what happens when an unstoppable intangible force meets an irresistible intangible object. The Royals have it going on, too. They’re a good team with a lot of measurable things going for them, but they stole that victory in the wild-card round, and they found all sorts of ways to confound the winningest team in baseball in their AL Division Series. They have good starting pitching and a super bullpen. The Orioles have good starting pitching and great relief. The Royals led the major leagues in stolen bases, but hit the fewest home runs. The Orioles led the majors in home runs, but they had the fewest stolen bases. It’s hard to separate them on paper, so the best-of-seven ALCS may come down to who has The Force with them.”
Peter Schmuck, sports columnist, Baltimore Sun

“I’m the luckiest guy alive. I see ISIS is out there cutting people’s heads off. The real world has got some major problems, some major problems, and we’re just so doggone lucky to be coaching and playing a sport, and being criticized for not getting a call made with a couple seconds left in the game or being criticized for not catching a dead pig with air in it. So to me, life’s pretty damn good and I’m so lucky to be having to field these types of questions.” Scott Shafer, Syracuse head football coach, after the Orange lost 28-6 to Louisville Saturday
GH: Every coach, manager and front office heavy needs to read Shafer’s quote before every press conference – and then do their jobs with the understanding they are darn lucky to be paid so handsomely to be critiqued.

“A 19-year-old Ken Griffey, Jr is exactly the way Lorenzo Cain is playing right now. He’s a game changer. He’s really had a chance to show what he can do because he’s healthy. I know that’s kind of a hefty comparison with him and Junior but the way he’s playing right now, he’s at that level.”
Rusty Kuntz, talking to Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler Wednesday, about the Royals center fielder, 610 AM
GH: Cain has given us glimpses of greatness since he arrived from the Brewers via the Zack Greinke trade but his oft-injured career has yet to really take off. Maybe it just did against the Angels. Confidence is a magical weapon in athletics – and Cain and his Royals seem to be swimming in an ocean of that elixir.

“It’s great to get hot during the playoffs. He must be feeling really comfortable right now.” Cal Ripken, on Mike Moustakas’ playoff run, TBS
GH: Moose hit .212 for the season with 15 homers. He is batting ninth for the Royals in the postseason. This is not how Moose’s career was supposed to go. He doesn’t look like Buddy Biancalana but he has a chance to be Buddy Biancalana over the next three weeks.  

“After it was all said and done (and Billy Butler had stolen second), Albert (Pujols) gave me the raised eyebrows like he really did go.”
Rusty Kuntz, on how The Angels’ first baseman reacted to Butler’s stealing second Sunday, 610 AM

“Thou shalt not steal. Unless you are Billy Butler.”
Sign out front of Asbury United Methodist Church on Nall

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67 Responses to OTC: Has Ned Yost Earned His Repuation As A Baseball Dunce Or Our Respect?

  1. Geoffrey says:

    Say…did anybody else catch Carrington Harrison tell his “story” at the beginning of the 3pm hour today on 610 am?

    I…can’t believe that was actually said over-the-air.

  2. FJH says:

    So you’re telling me there’s a chance –

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