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Last Laugh will be on Ned Yost


Ned Yost, you card you.  It’s been adorable listening to you talk about hurting player’s domes, and talk about your emotional investments this week.  Just so huckster charming!

I mean, why not poke some fun at those idiots in the media who have the audacity to question your decisions?  Why not mess with the domes of the fans, and play with their emotional investment in this god forsaken franchise?  None of them ever played in the bigs.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Ned should ask that question to Scott Pioli.

Ned Yost‘s latest tactic with the press has grown stale fast.  He thinks he has constructed a permanent “get out of jail free card” by admitting he often doesn’t tell the press the truth.  This is just a guy who’s tactically in over his skies as a modern-day baseball manager, and deep down knows it.  Ned’s not willing to accept his short comings for what they are, and deal with them.  Instead of dealing with them, he’s manufactured this immature game of cat and mouse, thinking it will give him a pass.

He’s dead wrong.

It’s too bad because he really could be an above average manager.  The guy can beautifully unite a club house.  It’s a place where guys feel like they are with family.  Royals players, not named Johnny Giavotella, know their manager has their back and will do all he can to make them a success.  Why not bond with a tortured, yet loyal, fan base the same way?

When not pontificating on the boys in blue, I manage a large team of sellers.  There are things some managers can help with, and things they can not.  God help my company if I am in charge of any micro analysis or technical research.  Thing is, my team really needs consistent support in just those areas.  I delegate.  I listen. I don’t dig my heels in on things that make me uncomfortable.  I seek counsel.  When cornered, I’ll show the question respect, and admit I need time to consider it more before taking any action, or making an immediate plan to address it.  I try to think and act like Joe Maddon.

If this team has another Spring like last year, this crap is going to get him fired. Dayton Moore will have no choice when fans stop showing up and acting out like they did at Arrowhead a few seasons ago.  The Glass family may not have the competitive passion we wish they had, but they don’t want to be embarrassed, and they don’t want to lose money.

Moore and the Royals may be able to survive a bad start to the season, but Ned Yost won’t if he doesn’t stop thinking he’s Jeff Foxworthy.

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  • Brian J.

    Your article does not make me feel very #BeRoyalKC

  • moretrouble

    You’re right, Ed, that Ned Yost, like most managers, is on a short leash. Their shelf life is limited. I don’t believe, however, that fans actually know the extent of a manager’s responsibility. They see a portion of his job each night in the dugout and post-game press conference, but they don’t see the other duties which are invisible to the public. A manager’s workday is about 18 hours long, day in, day out during the season. It’s a tough job that takes a great deal of talent in a lot of areas, plus the stamina to keep it up throughout the season.

    Press conferences are mostly impromptu, given at awkward times — usually at the end of an 18 hour day — managers have virtually no time to prepare for them and their words are reprinted nearly everywhere in the media. Do they make mistakes? Sure, some get fired for what the say. But, Ned does a very good job communicating to the media. Could he do better? Sure, but Ned wears a lot of hats and I believe KC is lucky to have such a fine manager as Ned Yost. And, despite what fans and bloggers think, Yost has the support of his team and the front office. Those people are in the best position to judge the quality of Ned’s work, not fans and bloggers, with all due respect.

    • jimfetterolf

      Big agree. We in the chattering class are simply not important to Royals’ management and are really engaged in little more than an over glorified circle jerk for our own amusement and self-aggrandization. Ned Yost’s top twenty-five priorities are the kids on the roster, his next half dozen are his coaches. That leaves little time for the punditocracy.

      • Ardent Shepherd

        Is the above not apart of his job description? If he can’t handle all the responsibilities of the job, he shouldn’t have it.

        • jimfetterolf

          I don’t see it as part of the job and he handles it fine. He just doesn’t meet the elevated standards of some small group of journalists and quasi-journalists. I doubt any manager gets fired because some bloggers don’t like his press conferences.

        • jimfetterolf

          Ardent, on your above, who will you replace Moose, Esky, and Davis with? Contrary to the favoritism meme, it’s a matter of depth. It’s also a matter of sample size. But even the small sample is useful for those just looking for an excuse to trash Yost and Moore. But it’s meaningless to the rest of us.

          • Ardent Shepherd

            The sample size? In 11 years of managing Ned Yost has not made the playoffs once. He has a winning percentage under .500. The year the Brewers did make the playoffs, they went on a two week skid before the season ended and he was fired. Sveum took his place. I don’t understand how 11 losing years of managing is a small sample size. This isn’t his first rodeo.
            Ok, let’s look at Esky and Moose. Up until today, they were 0-24 or something crazy like that to start the season. Esky got ONE hit today. He got a standing ovation. His defense used to make up for his poor bat, but even now he’s not playing at a gold glove caliber. There are plenty of young bats that can come up and take their lumps. I can guarantee you that most if not all of those players would get a hit in 14 at bats. Moose is a whole other story. Unlike Giovatella, Moose has been given the starting job basically since day one and has done NOTHING to deserve it. They obviously aren’t afraid of calling up players that aren’t ready. Clearly Moose still isn’t.
            Your argument has nothing to stand on. Even if we had the depth to warrant such moves, we wouldn’t. Most of last season we had Bonifacio who would’ve been a marked improvement on Getz. But no, Yost loves him some Getz, so Bonifacio was playing every third day and Getz was starting at second base every day. I don’t need to look for an excuse to trash a manager who is supremely out of touch with his team. He could be best friends with all of them, I don’t care. He can’t get them to win and THAT is what matters.

          • jimfetterolf

            You are in fantasy land on the Getz/Bonifacio thing. Do you actually follow baseball?

  • jimfetterolf

    Giving accurate information to the media and quasi-media just isn’t a priority for Ned Yost or Dayton Moore, but save the post, you’ll be able to use it again next year and the year afterwards, recycle columns like Sam and several other bloggers in the market do on the same subjects.

    For our readers, Ned Yost seldom talks to the media or to the fans, he’s always talking to the players. That is his job.

    • Ed Connealy

      Communicating through media is now a necessary skill in pretty much an leadership position. Once upon a time, you were right.

      • jimfetterolf

        Ned is communicating with his players by publicly supporting them. That’s his only constituency.

        Just dropped by another notoriously negative site and enjoyed 100 posts of “Yosted!” and bashing Moose, Esky, and Davis. Same guys saying the same things for three or four straight years.