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Ned Yost Newsbeat

Friday, October 02, 2015

How Ned Yost Made the Kansas City Royals Unstoppable - The New York Times

I’d like the writer to name one team which doesn’t blend analytics and scouting. One.

Yost might not be the best tactician but he’s done an extremely good job with the clubhouse.

To many, Yost is a holdover from baseball’s Dark Ages, when managers followed their guts on tactical decisions, the way they might play a late-night game of Monopoly. Suspicion of anything even marginally unconventional or innovative, let alone intellectual, was woven into the fabric of the sport. Players were judged by looks almost as much as by performance.

The correction has been thorough. In recent years, the ability to track, accumulate and analyze data has affected the way teams scout prospects, position their fielders and make nearly every other decision on how they play the game. More than a few now operate strictly by the numbers, guided by staff mathematicians who barely watch the games, so as to not be overly influenced by appearances.[Emphasis added] Analytical commentators and other observers, armed with formulas and metrics, crunch the numbers involved in Yost’s decisions and conclude that many of them are simply wrong.

Hat tip to Ben Lindbergh.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals

Thursday, October 01, 2015

NYT: How Ned Yost Made the Kansas City Royals Unstoppable

That chemistry appears to have offset the construction of curious batting orders. Alcides Escobar, who has hit leadoff for much of the season, historically reaches base less often than the league average. The potent Alex Gordon was hitting sixth before he strained a groin muscle in early July. This in particular rankles the analysts. “Batting order is something a manager very clearly has control of,” says Dave Cameron, the managing editor of the widely read website Fangraphs, “It’s something Yost has done particularly poorly.”

Yost dismisses such criticisms, but others in the organization feel compelled to respond. “We have information that the fans and analysts don’t,” says Yost’s bench coach, Don Wakamatsu, who previously managed the Seattle Mariners. There, Wakamatus says, he occasionally put the slugger Russell Branyan at No. 4, the cleanup spot. “When I did, he’d break out in hives. But I’d put him at 2 or 5 or 6, and he was a world beater. Can the numbers account for that”?

What do you say, numbers?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, dave cameron, don wakamatsu, lineups, ned yost, royals

Friday, June 19, 2015

Royals beat Brewers 3-2 as Ned Yost becomes winningest manager in club history | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

So, he wasn’t very good before the changes?

When Kansas City stumbled earlier this month, Yost and his players preached patience. Yost considered this a learned skill, something he could not always practice when he first became a manager. The team credited him for loosening the reigns and trusting his roster.

“I just respect the fact that he’s really adapted and changed,” said Jeremy Guthrie, who logged six innings of two-run baseball on Thursday. “Just like every player has to do. Just like a front-office person or a scout. They have to be able to learn, grow in whatever role they do. And Ned has done that in a way that I think is very, very visible for us 25 players in the clubhouse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, royals

Friday, April 24, 2015

Earl Weaver had it right: Emotion must take back seat to common sense | FOX Sports

When wasn’t he right?

Weaver was right.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, ned yost, royals, yordano ventura



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