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General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost spoke with the media today regarding Yost’s contract extension for the 2016 season.
Moore mentioned the importance of getting the deal done before Spring Training, noting that both parties were comfortable with the deal. Moore said that Yost has done a terrific job, noting that he brought hope and optimism when he joined the club in 2010. He also talked about Yost believing in his coaches, letting them do their work, and that Yost works well with staff throughout the organization.
Yost dialed in for his portion of the call from a deer stand – he’s hunting today on ground owned by good friend and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Yost, who is 60, was asked about the year-to-year status of his contract extensions. He plans to continue managing as long as he enjoys it, and success like the Royals had in 2014 makes that an easy decision. When asked if he is in offseason mode or season mode, Yost said that he is thinking about lineups, ready to see the players and fans at FanFest, and ready to get Spring Training started.
When asked about the Royals’ offseason, Moore talked about the defense remaining strong with the signing of Alex Rios. As for other agent additions, he mentioned that the Royals liked the way that Edinson Volquez was trending last year and that designated hitter Kendrys Morales blends in well as a switch hitter. Much of the success in 2015 is predicated on improvement from returning players, which includes Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez. Moore expects Omar Infante to return to his 2013 form. And as for Gordon’s return from offseason surgery, Moore said that the training staff expects him to be ready by Opening Day, though he may not be 100 percent going into Spring Training.
He also noted that the bullpen remained strong and could be even better with Luke Hochevar’s return, a full year of Jason Frasor and a bounce back year from Tim Collins.
Yost, who has been the Kansas City skipper since May 13, 2010, led the Royals to their first playoff appearance in 29 years and became the first manager in Major League history to win his first eight postseason games, capped with the American League title. The Royals took San Francisco to a seventh game in the 2014 World Series. Last year’s squad won 89 regular season games, the most by a Royals team since the club won 92 games in 1989.
Yost is 830-904 in 11 seasons as a Major League manager. His 830 career wins are tied for 73rd all-time with Fred Hutchinson (Detroit, St. Louis and Cincinnati) and rank seventh among active big league skippers. During the 2014 season, Yost became the longest tenured manager in Royals history, passing Dick Howser (770) on September 24. He is third on the franchise’s all-time win list with a 373-402 record, entering 2015 behind only Howser (404) and Whitey Herzog (410).
Kansas City will look to take yet another series this evening when the team, hotter than any in baseball, takes the field for game two of a three-game set in its final series of the season vs. Minnesota.
The Royals will do so without the services of Yordano Ventura, who has been scratched from tonight’s start and replaced by Liam Hendriks due to mid-back soreness. In order to make room for Hendriks, the Royals were forced to option reliever Aaron Crow to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
“He’s got options,” said manager Ned Yost of why the club elected to move Crow to the Naturals. “We just have so few guys right now that have options, one. And we can get him back in six days. We needed a spot for Hendriks so we could skip Yordano and that’s what we came up with.”
Yost does not expect the absence of Crow to negatively impact the Kansas City bullpen for the time being.
“I think we’re okay,” he said. “Everyone is well rested down there. Frasor’s been rested. Bueno’s rested. We’ve got Bruce. Of course, we’ve got Kelvin and Wade and Holly. After today, we’re back with Vargy and Shields, and guys that generally go deep into the game to get us to September 1, and we should be fine.”
According to Yost, Crow will throw two innings tomorrow, take a couple of days off, throw an inning on Sunday, and return to the team on Tuesday.
“You don’t really want to do it, but we did it with Wade Davis last year at the end of the year,” he said. “It’s something that you just have to do. Luckily for us, it’s not a deal where we miss him for 10 days. He’ll be back in six days and right back in the thick of it.”
Following last night’s game in front of 13,847 fans, Yost fell under criticism for comments he made about the importance of having fans turn out for the team’s remaining home games. This afternoon, Yost clarified those statements.
“What I said last night, I think, was pretty self-explanatory,” he said. “The reason I do this job, there’s two reasons. One, is I’ve been to the World Series six times. I know that feeling. I know the excitement that goes along with it. One of my main things is I want these players to experience that. Because it’s very, very important. The chance to be able to do it is so far and few between. I want them to experience that. And the other thing is, I want our fans to experience that. It’s a special time. It’s been a long time since our fans have been able to enjoy a playoff run.
“To be able to win the division is one of the toughest things to do in sports and you don’t know when this opportunity is going to come again. For me, I just think it is extremely important that our fans get the opportunity to come out and enjoy this with us. As a manager, you want every advantage you can get. When our fans are here and they’re rooting, it’s a special feeling. The excitement and electricity that they bring to the stadium is a definite advantage for us.
Yost said that he gets considerable enjoyment out of fan participation and, again, alluded to the impact that fans have on the team.
“When you look up at the scoreboard in between innings and you see little kids jumping up and down wearing their Royals caps and their Royals jerseys, I get a thrill out of that. I get a thrill when we win the ballgame and we walk off the field and see our fans going nuts. I get a thrill out of that and I want our fans to enjoy that. I want our fans to be proud of what we’re doing. Anyone that thinks I said something negative or was criticizing the fans last night, they’re dead wrong. I just want them to be a big part of this with us, because, in reality, they are.”
Yost said that the team hopes to give Royals fans a September and October to remember.
“If we can do what we’re hoping to do, they’re going to remember it. These kids that are here jumping up and down, the ones I’m talking about being up on the Jumbotron, they’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives.
“I know this, when the place is filled, it definitely has an effect. When our fans are out there and they’re screaming and they’re yelling, that energy that’s provided that’s coming onto the field, it’s electric, I mean, it’s a buzz that you feel internally, and it does give you a bit of a boost. It’s a special, special feeling. It is an advantage to have them here.”
By Kolby Paxton
The Kansas City Royals look to complete their first series sweep of the season on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. They will do so without third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nori Aoki in the starting lineup. Omar Infante will bat lead off for the first time this season, as Aoki has started the first five games of the year atop of the Royals’ order.
Danny Valencia and Justin Maxwell start for the first time in 2014 and manager Ned Yost says not to read too deep into the changes. Yost said Valencia and Maxwell are “everyday guys” that need to play to stay fresh but acknowledged with White Sox lefty Chris Sale on the hill that keeping fresh is “easier said than done.”
Yost did say pregame that Wade Davis and Aaron Crow will be unavailable Sunday and that there are a few guys in the bullpen that haven’t worked for a few days. He also said that he would check with Greg Holland, who has registered a save on Friday and Saturday, to see how he feels should a potential save situation present itself.
Today the Royals announced they signed their manager, Ned Yost, to a two-year extension. General Manager Dayton Moore and Yost met with the media for a season recap and to discuss the skipper’s new deal.
Moore was asked about the reasons the Royals chose to bring back Yost as the manager.
“He is a competitor for one. Our relationship is very strong. He is very open, direct and transparent. That is how he leads. He leads that way with our players and with our front office.” Moore went on to say, “We all have different ideas and suggestions. You have to have relationships that work and are trusting. When we convey an idea from the front office to Ned it is always portrayed in the right way. It is not us against them and the continuity we have here in Kansas City is crucial. We have said that from day one.”
The Royals finished the season ten games over .500 at 86-76. The 86 victories were the most since winning 92 games in 1989. There are high hopes that 2014 could be a special year in Kansas City. The GM was asked if the Royals could win next year and what they will do to fill in some holes.
“Absolutely,” said Moore.
“Look at our roster. I believe that all our players that are signed long-term or under team control are going to get better. That is a comforting feeling. Is it just going to happen? No. They are going to have to continue to work hard, apply instructions and make adjustments. They are going to have to continue to commit to becoming great players.” Dayton added that the team would look at different avenues to improve the roster from looking internally, via a trade or attaining a free agent. He also noted that maintaining their strong pitching and defense would be vital to the team’s success.
By Kent Klooster
The Royals announced today that manager Ned Yost has agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2015 season.
Yost, who just completed his fourth year in Kansas City, led the Royals to their first winning season since 2003 and the most victories (86) since the club won 92 games in 1989. The 2013 squad recorded 42 wins after the All-Star break, which were the most in the American League, while the club’s 14-game improvement from its 2012 record was the third-best in the league.
Yost is 741-831 in 10 seasons as a Major League manager. His 741 career wins rank 81st all-time and are 12th among active managers in the Major Leagues.
The Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium after an eleven day stint away from the friendly confines. The team has made a few roster moves since the last homestand and Ned Yost discussed the most recent transactions at his afternoon press conference. One of the moves the skipper was asked about was deciding to recall Chris Getz and option Johnny Giavotella back to Omaha. “Getz was swinging the bat well down there (Omaha). We are looking for offense. We made the same move when Johnny was swinging the bat well and Getz was struggling. This is the same thing here. We are just trying to take advantage of the hot bat,” said the manager.
Yost went on to talk about why they need hot bats in the lineup, “One big hit can make a difference in the game. That is why we have to have as many hot bats in the game as we can. We are trying to put our best foot forward this second half. In some cases we can’t afford to wait two or three weeks for a guy to produce. If I have the option of playing a guy with a hot bat, that is the option I am going to take.”
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media prior to today’s series finale with Oakland. The media conference today surrounded the recent news of the All-Star selections for left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez. Yost first discussed what it means to the organization to have two players representing the team in New York. “It was a huge sense of pride for all of us. It’s such a special accomplishment to be named an All-Star. I’ve had the opportunity to go to five different All-Star Games and they are once in a lifetime deals. You can’t explain to anybody how much fun and how special the All-Star Game is, but more than anything else is that for the rest of your life you’re known as a Major League All-Star.”
Both Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez were present at the conference, and they echoed Yost’s sentiments. Perez stated, “I was extremely happy when Ned announced that Alex was going to the All Star game, I was somewhat surprised that Ned said he wasn’t going alone, and that I was going along. It’s going to be something special. Gordon followed by stating, “It’s a great honor especially to be picked by the players that’s a big honor. It’s a huge honor for me and Salvy to get picked by the players. I think Ned and Dayton have done a tremendous job in developing this team.”
The Royals begin a seven game road trip tomorrow that will lead them in to the All Star break. Gordon and Perez are set to make their All Star debuts on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Alex Gordon’s recovery continues after his crash into the left field wall during Wednesday’s game vs. Cleveland. Ned Yost was asked about the condition of his star left fielder at his afternoon media session.
“Alex has passed every impact test (concussion test) from us. We have submitted the paper work to MLB so they can clear him. Once you have submitted it to MLB they will send an impartial doctor to look at him. That could be today or tomorrow.” The skipper went onto say, “He still has a major bruise on his hip. He is going to come out and stretch with the team, play a little catch and go in the cage. If it feels alright he may come out and take some BP but it is still going to be a couple of days.”
The Oakland A’s come into town boasting one of the best records in all of baseball. The manager was asked what jumps out at him about the Athletics. “Their record jumps out at you. Their starting pitching jumps out at you. Their bullpen is very good. They have a very solid offense which is stacked with left handed batters at the bottom of their order. They are in a very tough division and they are at the top of it. They are very good team,” said Yost.
Tonight the Atlanta Braves come to Kansas City for the first time in club history. Before the matchup, Ned Yost met with reporters in the Royals dugout.
Yost worked under Bobby Cox, Atlanta’s retired and future Hall of Fame manager, from 1991-2002. Yost was asked how much he learned about being a manager from his Atlanta days and Bobby Cox. “Just about everything. You are a product of your environment growing up and growing up as a baseball coach, learning from Bobby Cox, a (future) Hall of Fame manager, you learned a lot.” Ned went on to say, “Spending 12 years with him gave me the ability to watch closely how he handled situations and the baseball team. I would say everything I have learned about managing has come from trial and error and from Bobby Cox.”
Other than questions about Ned’s Atlanta days, the skipper was asked about the Royals’ roster moves on Tuesday that sent Kelvin Herrera to Omaha and recalled reliever Will Smith. Yost had this to say about the move, “Kelvin had been struggling a bit and Will Smith has been throwing the ball really well down there (at Omaha). Smith gives us an extra lefty to use down there (in the bullpen) with Tim Collins and Bruce Chen. He will gives us a little more depth until Kelvin gets right again.”