Ned Yost announced today that he will be retiring as the manager of the Kansas City Royals at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Ned will address the media in the Royals interview room on Tuesday September 24th at 3:00 PM. The Royals officially released a statement on the teams social media accounts at approximately 10:45 AM on Monday September 23rd. It is time for us to thank Ned for what he brought to the city of Kansas City. That being the winningest manager in franchise history, back to back AL pennants, and a World Series Championship. Now, let’s take a look at his career in the greatest city in the world, Kansas City.
Ned Yost by the numbers
Ned is the winningest manager in franchise history. He is sitting at 744 wins going into the final two series of the season. He will finish his career 32nd all time in games managed and 45th all time in wins with at least 1,201. Ned boasts a 22-9 post season record for a .710 winning percentage. Yost lead the team to back to back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015. His team won it all in 2015.
The Man, the myth, the legend
Ned Yost has always been quite the character. From sarcastic answers in interviews and all the laughs with his team. One of the best recurring jokes came this summer around the anniversary of the moon landing. Fans got to experience Ned’s deep love for space. One of his other loves has been hunting on his Georgia farm. This is even after falling from a tree stand in November of 2017 that could have ended his life.
Fans can all agree that while we have watched him make some questionable decisions on the field, we still appreciate his ability to bring a title to the city. He helped a small market team playing “small ball” win a championship in a league that does not easily accept that style of play. However, fans on social media often call his sometime surprising managerial decisions that did not pay off as being “Yosted.” Ned Yost should be remembered for his overall contributions, and not his day to day mistakes.
From Player to coach
Ned Yost had a career playing catcher for three different Major League Clubs. First with the Milwaukee Brewers, then the Texas Rangers, and finally with the Montreal Expos. He spent a total of six yeas in the majors. He had a career .212 BA in 219 games. As a catcher he had 843 putouts and only committed 16 errors. He was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the amateur draft in January 1974 and did not sign. Yost was then drafted in the June secondary draft in the first round by the New York Mets. He was then traded to Milwaukee in 1977. The Brewers traded him to the Rangers in 1983 and was later released in 1985. He finally signed as a free agent with the Expos where he would finish his career.
Ned Yost began his managerial career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He managed the team from 2003-2008. Yost went on to manage the Royals from 2010 through his final season, 2019. He spent time as a coach in the Atlanta Braves Organization from 1991-2002 before stepping into the manager role. Yost had a 457-502 record with Brewers before going to Kansas City. Finally, Yost will end his managerial career with at least 1163 regular season and 22 post season wins.
Saying goodbye to Ned Yost
Fans will miss Ned Yost’s fire and passion for his team. From being the first guy to back up his players and ultimately getting ejected. To messing with the media and being very ornery. Finally it’s time to say thank you so much to Ned Yost for all you have done for the city.
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By: Jorden Miller
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