Royals Extend Ned Yost Through 2012

Dayton Moore has been busy today as in between trade discussions, he also managed to extend manager Ned Yost through the 2012 season.  Yost took over in May after the firing of Trey Hillman and since, he’s managed the Royals to a 31-37 record.

The second half of July has been rough, but for the most part, Yost has done a serviceable job with the level of talent on the team.  He has a reputation for handling young players well, and with many minor leaguers taking big strides towards the major leagues, he’ll likely get to see a handful of them make their debuts.  Now if he could just stop batting Jason Kendall second in the order all the time…

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  • Larry Sanders

    How can you give an extend Yost’s contract. He Lead-off with Gets, OBS of 311 the last 3 games. Aren’t you supposed to understand a little about baseball to Manage a big league team?

  • Michael Engel

    Without talking with him, I think he’s considered that the higher on-base types are also your better run producers (right now Butler, Betemit, Guillen – sort of) and Getz really isn’t, so it’s worth a shot, a try-out of sorts. I don’t think Getz is the right guy for that spot of the lineup, either though.

    Even before Podsednik was traded, I’ve had Mitch Maier in mind for the leadoff role. He’s not great from a batting average standpoint, but he’s been alright when he’s gotten consistent playing time, and he’s among the few players on the team who can take a walk with regularity. It also helps that he’s fast, plus it’s not taking an RBI type out of the lineup later.

    I like the extension…the team seems to play harder for him (no it’s not really quantifiable, but I’ve seen like 90% of the Hillman era’s games and the team was playing harder under Yost by my eyes). As the team gets younger and more rookies start bubbling up, Yost is a good fit for that. He molded a very young group of Brewers into playoff contenders in a short period of time – and hopefully he’s learned some lessons about keeping the clubhouse together this time around.

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