Ned Yost media session: June 8, 2013
Kansas City manager Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon prior to the second game of their series with the Astros. Yost first discussed the recent offensive turnaround, and how the team has been effective. “Guys are starting to do their job and we’re starting to get timely hits. If we would’ve gotten timely hits in May we wouldn’t still be talking about May.”
Yost then talked about the presence of Hall of Famer George Brett and his role as the Royals hitting coach. He specifically addressed what it is that has made Brett so successful early on in his new role with the club. “Everybody has to be able to relate, you teach what you know, but you have to be able to relate to who you’re teaching, so that you can get their attention, get their respect, and get them to act. These kids all knew George’s life before he came here, and they know how much it means that George took time out of his retirement to come and work every day with them. They all know that and appreciate that, and they love his approach. Before George came on board everything was a mechanical fix, but George has not thrusted that down their throats. It’s been more about slowing the game down and freeing up their swing. What it feels like for a good swing and what it feels like for a bad swing.”
Yost concluded the media conference by commenting on the value that veteran infielder Miguel Tejada has brought to the club. “It’s consistency in his approach and his consistency in his work ethic, playing or not playing, he goes about it the exact the same way every day. He’s always prepared, he keeps himself in great shape and his experience is huge in this case.” Yost finally commented that Tejada’s veteran leadership in the clubhouse has also been very beneficial.