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Ned Yost in 2011.
|Kansas City Royals – No. 3|
|Catcher / Manager|
August 19, 1955 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 12, 1980 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1985 for the Montreal Expos|
(through April 9, 2014)
|Runs batted in||64|
Yost, as a player, was used primarily as a backup catcher for the Brewers from 1980 to 1983 (which included the 1982 World Series), and then spent a year with the Texas Rangers (1984; he played a career-high 80 games with the Rangers, hitting .182) and played 5 games for the Montreal Expos (1985) before retiring.
He never had more than 242 at bats in a season. He ended his career with a .212 batting average, and .237 on-base percentage, in 605 at bats. He had a .982 fielding percentage (the league average was .987).
After a brief stint managing in the minors, Yost joined the Atlanta Braves organization. He was the Braves' bullpen coach from 1991 to 1998 and earned a ring as a part of the 1995 World Series championship team. In 1999 Yost became the Braves' third base coach, where he stayed until the end of the 2002 season.
Yost's tenure oversaw a revitalization of the Brewers franchise, leading them from losing records to championship contender. However, his teams were plagued by inconsistency, most notably squandering a large lead in the division during the 2007 season and a significant advantage in the wild card race in 2008. Yost finished seventh in voting for Manager of the Year in 2007. While he wore No. 5 on his jersey as a player with the Brewers, as a manager, he wore No. 3 on his jersey as a tribute to his close friend, deceased NASCAR racer and baseball fan Dale Earnhardt.
Yost was fired on September 15, 2008, after a two-week skid by the Brewers. Third-base coach Dale Sveum was named as his interim replacement and served until the end of the season, leading the Brewers to clinch the wild card spot on the last day of the season for their first trip to the postseason since 1982 when they made it to the World Series. They were eliminated by the Philadelphia Phillies in four games.
On May 13, 2010, Yost was named manager of the Kansas City Royals, replacing Trey Hillman. On February 14, 2012 the Royals announced they had signed Yost to a contract extension through the 2013 season. In the 2013 season Yost posted 86-76 record with the Royals, their first winning season since 2003. The team has posted an overall record of 198-253 with Yost at the helm.
Yost's managing came under fire late in 2007. During the 2007 season, the Brewers held a 8-1/2 game division lead over the Cubs by June 23 but failed to hold on to the advantage, finishing 2 games behind the Cubs. Yost's bullpen management, lineup strategies, and bench management were blamed. He also was thrown out of three games in the last week of the season, leading some reporters to question his ability to handle the pressure. General Manager Doug Melvin announced, however, that Yost would return for the 2008 season.
He was released as manager on September 15, 2008, after being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game series. The sweep resulted in the loss of a four game wild card lead. Yost was replaced by 3rd base coach Dale Sveum. Under Sveum, the Brewers went 7–5 for the remaining 12 games of the season and clinched the NL Wild Card.
His son, Ned Yost IV, is a coach in the Brewers' farm system. He is the hitting coach for the Brevard County Manatees, Class A Advanced minor league team. He played first base for the Class-A Brevard County Manatees in 2007, his third season in the minors, hitting .248 with a .283 slugging percentage.
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2006
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2007
- List of Major League Baseball managers in 2008
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- McTaggart, Brian. Mills named Astros manager. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "Royals sign manager Ned Yost through 2013". KSHB-TV website. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Fly, Colin (May 10, 2008). "Brewers manager Ned Yost says he's focused on team, not job". USA Today.
- Borzi, Pat (September 29, 2007). "Yost's Bad Week Leads to the Brewers' Elimination". The New York Times.
- "Yost relieved of managerial post".
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