Ned Yost

Edgar Frederick Yost III (/ˈjoʊst/; born August 19, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and current manager of the Kansas City Royals. He previously managed the Milwaukee Brewers, and played for the Brewers, Texas Rangers, and Montreal Expos.

Ned Yost
Yost with the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals – No. 3
Catcher / Manager
Born: August 19, 1954 (age 65)
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
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.212
Home runs16
Runs batted in64
Managerial record1,144–1,238
Winning %.480
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early life

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

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

Coaching career

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 that defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games. He also was part of the 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1999 National pennant winning teams that lost each of those series to teams like the Minnesota Twins (1991), the Toronto Blue Jays (1992), and the New York Yankees (1996, 1999) respectively. In 1999 Yost became the Braves' third base coach, a position he maintained until the end of the 2002 season.

Managing career

Milwaukee Brewers

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] However, general Manager Doug Melvin announced Yost's return for the 2008 season.

He was fired as manager on September 15, 2008, with 12 games remaining in the regular season. The Brewers were still in the playoff race, but had lost 11 of their last 14 games. Yost finished his Brewers career with a 457–502 record.[7] 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, the eventual World Series champions, in the 2008 National League Division Series, 3 games to 1.

Following the 2009 season, Yost was a candidate to be the next manager of the Houston Astros,[8] however the position was filled by Brad Mills.[9]

Kansas City Royals

On May 13, 2010, Yost was named manager of the Kansas City Royals, replacing Trey Hillman. Prior to the 2012 season, the Royals signed Yost to a contract extension through the 2013 season. In the 2013 season, Yost posted an 86-76 record with the Royals,[7] their first winning season since 2003.

In 2014, Yost led the Royals to their first playoff berth since 1985, finishing 89-73. Yost's Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles in four games in the American League Championship Series 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] The Royals were then defeated four games to three in the 2014 World Series by the San Francisco Giants. Yost finished third in the voting for 2014 Manager of the Year[11] and signed a one-year contract extension in the offseason to stay with the club through 2016.[12]

At the start of the 2015 season, Yost led the team to a 7–0 start marking the second best start to a season in team history (the team's longest consecutive opening win streak, in 2003, was 9 games). On April 19, Yost was one of five Royals (also pitching coach Dave Eiland, bench coach Don Wakamatsu, pitcher Kelvin Herrera and shortstop Alcides Escobar) to be ejected in a game against the Oakland Athletics. Two games prior, Escobar had been injured following an attempt by A's third baseman Brett Lawrie to break up a double play. Considering the slide a dirty one, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura hit Lawrie in the elbow the following game and was immediately ejected. In the series finale, A's pitcher Scott Kazmir hit Lorenzo Cain in the foot and warnings were given. Yost and Eiland were immediately ejected for arguing. Later in the 8th inning, Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 mph fastball behind Lawrie and a trio of ejections followed (Herrera, Wakamatsu and Escobar). The Royals won the game 4-2 despite the ejections.[13]

During the 2015 season (his fifth full season as manager), Yost became the longest-tenured manager in Royals history. [14] He later also became the winningest manager in Royals club history after a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on June 18, 2015.[15] On the final day of the 2015 regular season, Yost's Royals clinched the best record in the American League at 95-67, giving Kansas City home field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the World Series by virtue of the AL's victory in the All-Star Game.[16] The Royals defeated the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and ultimately the New York Mets to bring Kansas City its first World Series championship since 1985, and Yost his first title as a manager.

On August 18, 2015, MLB gave Yost a warning about using an Apple Watch he received from the MLB because of MLB's policy of no internet enabled devices in the dugout during gametime. Yost received the watch as a present from MLB for winning the 2014 AL pennant. [17] Yost later told a local radio station that MLB had rescinded the warning after learning that the networking features of the Apple Watch were only available with an active iPhone connection. [18]

Yost has often been criticized for his idiosyncratic decision-making and rejection of Sabermetrics, but insists his methods work.[19]

On February 18, 2016, the Royals announced that Yost had signed an extension with the team, keeping him as manager through the 2018 season. [20]

On September 17, 2016, Yost won his 1,000th game managed for the Royals and Brewers, in a Royals 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. [21] While also adding to his total as the winning-est manager in Royals franchise history (543 Wins), ahead of Whitey Herzog (410 Wins) and Dick Howser (404 Wins). [22] In 2016 he was successful on a higher percentage of replay challenges than any other MLB manager with 10 or more challenges, at 67.6%.[23]

In 2018 he was successful on a higher percentage of replay challenges than any other MLB manager with 10 or more challenges, at 75.6%.[24]

Managerial record

As of games played on June 1, 2019.
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
Milwaukee Brewers 2003 2008 959 457 502 .477
Kansas City Royals 2010 present 1481 706 775 .477 31 22 9 .710
Total 2440 1163 1277 .477 31 22 9 .710

Personal life

Yost and his wife, Deborah, have four children and live in rural Georgia during the off-season. One of his sons, Ned Yost IV, serves as a coach for the San Antonio Missions, Class AAA minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Prior to becoming a coach in 2009, the younger Yost 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.[25]

On November 4, 2017, Yost was in a tree stand near his home in Georgia when he fell twenty feet. He sustained a broken pelvis, and his surgeon was concerned that Yost might die from blood loss. Yost later said he was certain he would have died if he did not have his cell phone at the time of the fall.[26] He later appeared in a television commercial for Verizon, crediting its wireless service with saving his life.[27][28]

See also


  1. ^ "Yost recalls hitless season in high school". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ned Yost Statistics and History -". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Witz, Billy (October 4, 2014). "Extra, Extra: Led by Eric Hosmer, Royals Again Beat Angels in 11 Innings". New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 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. ^ a b c "Ned Yost". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  8. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Yost stresses his credentials. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  9. ^ McTaggart, Brian. Mills named Astros manager Archived October 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  10. ^ cite web|url= Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 15, 2014 - ESPN||accessdate=October 16, 2014
  11. ^ "2014 Awards Voting -". Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Royals". kansascity. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ned Yost, Dave Eiland tossed in latest Kansas City Royals-Oakland Athletics incident". Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  14. ^ McCullough, Andy (November 12, 2014). "Royals' Ned Yost is here to stay, but no extension until later in winter". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Wilson, Jordan. "Yost winningest Royals skipper with No. 411". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  16. ^ "Cueto, Royals secure home-field with 6-1 win over Twins". ESPN. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Major League Baseball Issues Warning to Ned Yost: Don't Use the Apple Watch We Gave You." Kansascity. N.p., n.d. Web. August 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "We talk with Royals manager Ned Yost about Ben Zobrist & the replay system plus the best of Bill O'Brien on Hard Knocks." 610AM Sports Radio. Web Podcast. August 19, 2015.
  19. ^ Schoenfeld, Bruce, "They Looked At Me Like I Was Nuts," The New York Times Magazine (October 15, 2015)
  20. ^ "
  21. ^ Dodd, Rustin, "In first start of season, Jason Vargas leads Royals to a 3-2 win over the White Sox," The Kansas City Star (September 17, 2016)
  22. ^
  23. ^ 2016 Major League Baseball Managers |
  24. ^ 2018 Major League Baseball Managers |
  25. ^ [1] Archived October 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey (November 13, 2017). "Yost lucky to be alive after fall from tree". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "Verizon – Real Good Reasons – Ned :30". Verizon. February 22, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019 – via YouTube.
  28. ^ Rieper, Max (February 10, 2019). "Yea, that's Ned Yost in a Verizon ad". Retrieved June 4, 2019.

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1984 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1984 season involved the Rangers' finishing 7th in the American League west, with a record of 69 wins and 92 losses.

2003 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2003 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the National League Central with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

2004 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2004 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the National League Central with a record of 67 wins and 94 losses.

2008 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 2008 Milwaukee Brewers season opened with optimism as the team attempted to build on the success of the 2007 season – their first winning season since 1992.

With 12 games remaining in the regular season, manager Ned Yost was fired and replaced with bench coach Dale Sveum. Under Sveum, the team completed the regular season 7-5, finishing second place in the National League Central with a record of 90-72 and winning the NL Wild Card. With the Wild Card berth, the team clinched its first playoff berth in 26 years.

In the NLDS, the Brewers were defeated 3-1 by the Philadelphia Phillies, who went on to win the World Series.

2010 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2010 was the 42nd for the Royals franchise. It was also the 25th anniversary of their first World Series championship (1985).

The Royals' payroll as the 2010 season opened was $70 million (21st in the major leagues).

2011 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2011 was the 43rd for the Royals franchise. It was the fifth full season with Dayton Moore as General Manager. The team was managed by Ned Yost in his first full season with the Royals. It was the 26th straight year of the Royals missing the playoffs.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

2016 ESPY Awards

The 2016 ESPY Awards were held on July 13, 2016. The show, hosted by professional wrestler John Cena, was held in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. 31 competitive awards and eight honorary awards were presented.

American League Championship Series

The American League Championship Series (ALCS) is a best-of-seven series played in October in the Major League Baseball postseason that determines the winner of the American League (AL) pennant. The winner of the series advances to play the winner of the National League (NL) Championship Series (NLCS) in the World Series, Major League Baseball's championship series.

American League Division Series

In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.

List of Kansas City Royals managers

The Kansas City Royals are a franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League. The Royals franchise was formed in 1969.

There have been 19 managers for the Royals. Joe Gordon became the first manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1969, serving for one season. Bob Lemon became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Royals for more than one season. Ned Yost has managed more games than any other Royals manager and as many seasons as Dick Howser and Tony Muser. Whitey Herzog, Jim Frey, Howser, and Ned Yost are the only managers to have led the Royals into the playoffs. Three Royals managers—Gordon, Lemon, and Herzog—have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;In 1970, Gordon was replaced with Charlie Metro. The Royals made their first playoff appearance under Herzog. Four managers have led the Royals into the postseason. Dick Howser led the Royals to their first World Series Championship in 1985. Ned Yost led the Royals into two World Series appearances, in the 2014 World Series, and a Win in the 2015 World Series. Frey, led the Royals to One world series appearance in the 1980 World Series. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Herzog, with a percentage of .574. The lowest percentage was Bob Schaefer in 2005, although he managed for only 17 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Royals was Buddy Bell, the manager from 2005 through the 2007 season with a percentage of .399.

The highest win total for a Royals manager is held by Yost, who also holds the record for losses. Tony Peña became the first Royals manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2003. The current manager of the Royals is Ned Yost. He was hired on May 13, 2010 after Trey Hillman was fired.

List of Major League Baseball All-Star Game managers

The following is a list of individuals who have managed the Major League Baseball All-Star Game over the years (except 1945), since its inauguration in 1933. Chosen managers and winning pennant managers manage teams including American and National Leagues.

No official MLB All-Star Game was held in 1945 (cancelled April 24, 1945) including the official MLB selection of that season's All-Stars (Associated Press All-Star Game; game was not played). MLB played two All-Star Games from 1959 through 1962.

List of Milwaukee Brewers managers

The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise of the National League has employed 19 managers and 9 general managers (GMs) during its 50 seasons of play. Established in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the team became the Milwaukee Brewers after relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1970. The franchise played in the American League until 1998, when it moved to the National League as a part of MLB's realignment plan. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. In contrast, the general manager controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts.

The team's first manager, Joe Schultz, stayed with the Pilots for the entire 1969 season, but was released before the move to Milwaukee. Buck Rodgers managed the team in 1981 when the Brewers won the American League second-half East Division title. Due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, the season was split into two halves. The winners of each half met in the league division series. Rodgers and Harvey Kuenn managed the Brewers in 1982, leading them to win the American League pennant. Rodgers managed the team's first 47 games of the season before being fired and replaced by Kuenn. In 2008, Ned Yost and Dale Sveum, who took over for the fired Yost for the team's last 12 regular season games, led the team to win the National League wild card. Ken Macha managed the club for the 2009 and 2010 seasons but failed to lead the team to the playoffs. It was announced after the completion of the 2010 season that Macha's 2011 option would not be picked up. Ron Roenicke was hired to replace Macha for the 2011 season. Roenicke led the team to a franchise-best 96 wins during the 2011 season in addition to the Brewers' first NL Central title ever and first playoff series win since 1982. On May 3, 2015, they fired manager Roenicke after a dismal 7-18 start to the season. The following day, Craig Counsell was named the 19th manager in team history. Counsell had worked in the Brewer's front office since 2012.Phil Garner won 563 games from 1992 to 1999, giving him more wins than any other manager in franchise history. Having managed the team for 1,180 games, he is also the longest-tenured manager in team history. Harvey Kuenn's .576 winning percentage is the highest of all Brewers managers who have managed the team for more than one full season. Conversely, the lowest winning percentage over a season or more is .395, by the team's first manager, Joe Schultz. These records are correct as of the end of the 2018 season.

Manager (baseball)

In baseball, the field manager (commonly referred to as the manager) is the equivalent of a head coach who is responsible for overseeing and making final decisions on all aspects of on-field team strategy, lineup selection, training and instruction. Managers are typically assisted by a staff of assistant coaches whose responsibilities are specialized. Field managers are typically not involved in off-field personnel decisions or long-term club planning, responsibilities that are instead held by a team's general manager.

Mike Estabrook (umpire)

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Rusty Kuntz

Russell Jay Kuntz (; born February 4, 1955) is an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers between 1979 and 1985. He never appeared in more than 84 games in any season during his playing career. In the final game of the 1984 World Series, Kuntz hit a pop fly to the second baseman that became the deciding run batted in (RBI).

Kuntz grew up in Kansas and California, playing three sports in high school and community college. He went to the Division III World Series twice with California State University, Stanislaus before being selected by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.

After the 1984 season, Kuntz was unable to return to form the next year. He was demoted to the minor leagues early in the 1985 season and was out of professional baseball as a player shortly thereafter.

Since his playing career ended, Kuntz has worked with several MLB organizations, including the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has worked as an assistant to the general manager, minor league coach, roving instructor and major league base coach. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the first base coach for the Kansas City Royals, and has received substantial praise for his contributions to the team's success during that period. "Rusty Kuntz", Royals manager Ned Yost has said, "is the best first base coach in baseball."

Sumter Braves

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Whiteyball is a style of playing baseball that was developed by former Major League Baseball manager Whitey Herzog. The term was coined by the press during the 1982 World Series to describe the style of Herzog's St. Louis Cardinals. The team won the Series without a typical power hitter, instead using speed on the base paths, solid pitching, excellent defense, and line drive base hits. Whiteyball was well-suited to the fast, hard AstroTurf surface that Busch Memorial Stadium had at the time, which created large, unpredictable bounces when the ball hit it at sharp angles. In his book "White Rat", Herzog says the approach was a response to the spacious, artificial surface stadiums of the time. He said of the media's dismay at his teams' success:

They seemed to think there was something wrong with the way we played baseball, with speed and defense and line-drive hitters. They called it "Whitey-ball" and said it couldn't last.

Herzog used this strategy until he left the Cardinals in 1990.

A 2012 sports article described Whiteyball as follows:

"The '82 Series marked the start of Whiteyball, the Herzog style which stressed base running and pitching, though Herzog attributes that to the nature of Busch Stadium II, which didn't reward the long ball."Herzog used many switch-hitters such as Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Tom Herr, Terry Pendleton, Vince Coleman, José Oquendo, Garry Templeton, Ted Simmons, Luis Alicea, Mike Ramsey, Tony Scott, and Félix José in St. Louis, along with Willie Wilson and U L Washington when he managed in Kansas City. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost used his own version of Whiteyball to get to the 2014 World Series.

Wisconsin Woodchucks

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are an American baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. They play their home games at Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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