Ned Yost

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Ned Yost
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Ned Yost in 2011.
Kansas City Royals – No. 3
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 59)
Eureka, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1980 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
(through April 9, 2014)
Batting average .212
Home runs 16
Runs batted in 64
Games managed 1,580
Win–loss record 745–835
Winning % .472
Teams

As player

As Manager

Edgar Frederick "Ned" Yost III (/ˈjst/; born August 19, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and current manager of the Kansas City Royals. He previously managed the Milwaukee Brewers.

Early life[edit]

Yost was born on California's North Coast in Eureka. Yost attended and played baseball at Dublin High School in Dublin, California. He had significant difficulty hitting prior to his junior and senior years, yet improved after building physical strength by working as a pot-scrubber at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.[1] After high school, Yost attended Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California, where he "walked on" to Chabot's baseball team after receiving no offers to play for other schools.

Playing career[edit]

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).[2]

Yost briefly enjoyed a second career as a taxidermist in Jackson, Mississippi in between his playing days and coaching days.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

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.

Managing career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On October 29, 2002, Yost was named the Brewers manager, succeeding Jerry Royster. National League manager Tony La Russa named Yost to be part of his coaching staff for the 2005 MLB All-Star Game.

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.[4]

Yost's managing came under fire late in 2007.[5] During the season, the Brewers held an 8-1/2 game division lead over the Cubs by June 23 but failed to hold on to the advantage, finishing two 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.[6] General Manager Doug Melvin announced, however, that Yost would return for the 2008 season.

He was fired as manager on September 15, 2008, after being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game series. Third-base coach Dale Sveum was named 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 Phillies in four games.

Following the 2009 season, Yost was a candidate to be the next manager of the Houston Astros,[7] however the position was filled by Brad Mills.[8]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

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 an 86-76 record with the Royals, their first winning season since 2003.[9]

In 2014, Yost led the Royals to their first playoff berth since 1985, finishing 89-73. On October 15, 2014, Yost's Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles in four games to give the team its first American League pennant in 29 years. In doing so, the team became the first team in MLB history to win their first eight consecutive playoff games.[10]

Family[edit]

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. Before that, 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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yost recalls hitless season in high school". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ned Yost Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Witz, Billy (4 October 2014). "Extra, Extra: Led by Eric Hosmer, Royals Again Beat Angels in 11 Innings". New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Bianchi, Jordan (October 16, 2014). "Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost credits Dale Earnhardt". SB Nation. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fly, Colin (May 10, 2008). "Brewers manager Ned Yost says he's focused on team, not job". USA Today. 
  6. ^ Borzi, Pat (September 29, 2007). "Yost's Bad Week Leads to the Brewers' Elimination". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Yost stresses his credentials. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  8. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Mills named Astros manager. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ned Yost Managerial Record - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 15, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]

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