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Dear Ned Yost Apologists...I'm ALL Ears

At times, it’s hard to know how serious Ned Yost takes his own words.  At times, it feels like he’s enjoying an incredibly long inside joke.  Perhaps he has no intention of really placing Alcides Escobar second in the batting order for regular season games. What do you think about his reasoning for putting Escobar, and his woefully low on base percentage in the two hole?

I understand, but I’m not going to disrupt my whole lineup when Omar Infante fits that spot. I’ve got my guys lined up, where I want them

The most defensible rational would be that he only plans to employ this strategy for the remaining Spring Training games.  He’s instilling some confidence in Escobar for a week, but knows he will make some shifts for the Detroit series.  If he’s just pulling our collective leg, that is fine.

But is that his rational?  Maybe, but it is also entirely possible that Escobar looks like guys that batted second in Yost’s playing days, and that’s that.

Ned Yost, wisely, rests his players throughout the year.  He is going to have guys hitting out-of-order, and will be tinkering with the line up all season long.  Doing something stupid, just because you know you won’t be doing something stupid for long, doesn’t magically make it smart.

He was doing so well too.  I even stuck up for him when he caught some hell for moving Gordon down the line up.  It’s smart.  He assured a nice righty, lefty balance.  It’s smart to not have 3 left-handers in a row considering most teams have lefty specialist coming out of their pen.  Then he goes and does this.

Is this Ned Yost pulling a huckster-media funny, or is this a foreshadowing of upcoming decisions costing the Royals critical wins?  My “Let go and Let Yost” lasted 48 whole hours.  Like I said, I’m ALL ears.

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  • jimfetterolf

    I think Ned’s just jerking the bloggers around, I imagine many sites are in high dudgeon over this. Of course, he may actually have been watching Escobar this spring and sees something we don’t.

    • Dave Hill

      I’m going to be honest – even though I’m a blogger, the idea of Ned Yost trolling us bloggers is hilarious. If that is the case, I tip my Royals hat to him.

      • jimfetterolf

        He’s done it for awhile, tosses out something absolutely silly for the bloggers to go nuts over.

        I would note that this spring, David Lesky and Clint Scoles from Pine Tar Press went to Surprise and got some access and interviews, so a few guys are making the transition to sorta journalists. Eno Sarris of fangraphs got his baseball writers card and one of his first beat experiences was in the Royals’ locker room at a road game. He wrote about it for Hardball Times, absolutely hysterical. A slow passing of the torch to the young guys with a different view of the game, probably a good thing, old guys are finding that the eyeballs don’t see as well as they used to.

        • Ed Connealy

          He certainly bates reporters, but Ned doesn’t know what a “blogger” is.

          • jimfetterolf

            He knows bloggers, he gets to see Sam a lot, one of the stars of asking stupid questions showing that the questioner was a soccer player in junior high. If we think about it, bloggers are just reporters without access.

          • moretrouble

            Bloggers may not have the background necessary to write in depth, but they sure do have an interest in their subject. On the other hand, many of the new people at the Star are no better qualified, but your point really is, as I see it: What constitutes a journalist these days? The front office can’t give access to just anyone who posts on a blog site.

  • Redblack564

    Personally I think Ned will bat whoever takes over at 2b in the 2 hole why jumble your line up in the first series

  • kibo

    And amazingly people are actually defending this. Oh Royals fans…

  • Ed Connealy

    Infante looks set for tomorrow, so much a do about nothing…until the next head scratcher.

  • moretrouble

    You’re right about Yost’s line-ups in the past, but that was done for several reasons, among them not having a traditional lead-off or clean-up hitter. he rested his regulars (as you noted) and he experimented to generate more offense. I really don’t understand how people say Ned loses games — he doesn’t. Players are required to do their jobs, Ed. If they don’t, teams lose.

    He’s got a better line-up this year, but it’s still not perfect. And, there’s nothing wrong with moving Escobar up whenever Infante is out; Esky’s speedy, he can bunt, and if he keeps his head on straight — he can hit, too.

  • flan50

    Royals best lineup with or without Infante would be Aoki, Hoss, Gordo, Billy, Salvy, Moose, Cain, 2B, Escobar. Seriously, why would anyone want Infante or Escobar either one getting an extra at-bat in a game or 20-30 in a season over Hoss or Gordo? The latter two will likely also have among the highest OBP’s on the team, as well as being able to drive in runs and both run reasonably well. On top of that, you then don’t have to worry when Infante inevitably misses game. Much easier to plug someone in #8 without disrupting anything.

  • Ed Connealy

    Trying to hang with you MT, but nope. If your reasoning is really accepted than no managers win or lose any games for their clubs. I guess Yost is just as good as Joe Maddon and Terry Francona eh?

    I’ll try and meet you half way. Players doing their jobs is 50xs more important than line up configurations and in game strategy. But making sound strategic plans and decisions impacts several games a year. It does. The Royals are good enough now that several games a year could mean the difference between playoffs and no playoffs. OK, One more tip of my hat to you and Yost. Clearly, the guys love him and that makes them accept their roles with open arms. His ability to keep them open and happy is very strong..right up there with Joe and Terry.

    As for saying there is nothing wrong with having last year’s single worst every day mlb hitter batting second? You couldn’t be more off base.

  • Ed Connealy

    BUT SCREW IT! Today is a day of Unity! It’s opening day fellas. Shields vs Verlander. (Infante is batting 2nd btw)
    I love you freaks. Let’s Go Royals!