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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.”
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.
Ned Yost met with the media in the Royals dugout before tonight’s game vs. Minnesota. The first topic of discussion was clutch hitting and if Yost believed in it. He said all his club is trying to do is go up and have good at bats. “If you have good hitters, like we feel we have, and you put up a good at bat, in any situation, you are going to be okay and be successful.”
The second topic of discussion this afternoon was about two of the Royals young stars, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez. Yost said at Single-A while with the Brewers organization, he could tell that Escobar was going to be a fantastic player. “Defensively he was already eye-popping at shortstop. You could watch him swing and just knew when he filled out and got a little older, he was going to be able to swing the bat. That is exactly what has happened.”
Not only did the skipper sing the praises of Escobar, but also did the same for young catcher, Salvador Perez. “He (Perez) is a tremendous blocker, a tremendous game caller and he is a leader behind that plate. He has tremendous passion. He loves to play baseball, a lot like Escobar,” said Yost.