Ned Yost Managing With Talent For The First Time In Kansas City Royals Tenure
For the last three seasons the Kansas City Royals have been managed by Ned Yost, who may have be on the hot-seat in 2013.
At 57-years-old Yost has bounced around very little in his managerial career as has only manned two jobs in the last decade – spending 2003-2008 as the Milwaukee Brewers frontman. While with Milwaukee Yost didn’t do anything special as he was fired 13 games before the conclusion of the 2008 season, and the team wound up winning 90 games and playing in the MLB NLDS.
Yost has a new challenge in 2013, as he will be dealing with the Royals most talented group since taking the job four years ago. This offseason the team made a big splash when acquiring James Shields from the Tampa Bay Rays signifying just how ready Royals management is to trot out a winner.
Shields is not only the new face in Kansas City this year as Wade Davis is also coming from the Rays and he was spectacular as a reliever last season.
Perhaps the most exciting part of this year for Yost is the maturation of the young hitters that are going to be the face of the franchise for years to come. Alex Gordon has already arrived capturing his second consecutive Golden Glove and smashing a league leading 51 doubles in 2012.
Aside from Gordon the Royals are going to be asking even more from Eric Hosmer this year who has 30 home run potential, but hit just .234 last season and has to improve as a three hitter.
At the end of the day Yost has more talent this season than he has had in years past, however if he can’t get this club over .500 then he may be out of a job.