Ned Yost media session: July 25, 2013

Kansas City manager Ned Yost met with the media this evening prior to the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles.  Ned first commented on today’s news of the George Brett stepping down as the club’s hitting coach.  “George is a tremendous asset to our organization, to have him here for two months was fun, it was a great experience for not only me and the coaches, but the players too, and we respect his decision.”  Brett will return to his position as Vice President – Baseball Operations, and plans to work with the players before home games for the remainder of the season.  Pedro Grifol assumes the role of hitting coach today, after working as a special assistant for the past two months.

Yost then addressed what he will be looking for starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to do tonight against a potent Orioles’ lineup.  “That’s the idea, try not to let them get too much damage and then limit (it).  Jeremy always does that, he commands the baseball he changes speeds and he changes locations.  If you do that you’re going to have a good chance of keeping us in the ball game, and giving us a chance to win.”

Yost concluded the media conference by discussing the significance of the club’s chance to reach the .500 mark for the very tough 20-game and six series stretch that had them meeting five teams with winning records.  “I think that was important, going in to it that’s what we wanted to do.  We wanted to get through this twenty-game stretch and keep our head above water.  Aside from that one series (Cleveland) we’ve played pretty good baseball against some very very tough teams.  I thought it was important for us to play good during that twenty-game stretch and we’ve had games that we wish we could have back and we played some really good exciting games against some great teams.”

The Royals begin a nine-game road trip in Chicago tomorrow night against the White Sox.

By Henry Wear

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