Ned Yost media session: August 14, 2014
Royals starting pitchers have gone deep into games of late, including a complete game by Jeremy Guthrie on the last road trip and two shutouts on the homestand (James Shields and Jason Vargas). Manager Ned Yost was asked about how the preparation of his veteran starters compares to pitchers that Yost worked with in Atlanta, particularly Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Yost said that the current pitchers do much more work in the weight room (a common trend across baseball compared to 20 years ago).
Yost talked about the balancing act of getting a pitching staff through a 162-game season (using relievers more early in the year, relying on starters now). He mentioned that the Royals will need to rely on their relievers as they mix-and-match with opponents late in the year, due to the many close games that the Royals play.
Yost was asked about Shields’ presence in the clubhouse and what makes him a leader.
“He’s got a ton of energy, he’s a tremendous competitor and he’s a great communicator,” said Yost. “He’s always talking to guys, he’s always encouraging guys and always upbeat with guys. He’s in it for the team more than he’s in it for himself.”