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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ned Yost
The Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday after wrapping up an 86-76 season, the best finish for the franchise in 24 years.
First the Washington Nationals were very bad, giving up four runs in the first inning. Then they were very good, recovering from the big early deficit to forge a 4-4 tie in search of their sixth straight road win. But then they were very bad again, fumbling through a shaky eighth inning Sunday afternoon while giving up two runs and practically handing a 6-4 win to a Kansas City team that hadn't had a victory in more than a week.
Miguel Cabrera flashed his playful, boyish grin when pressed to explain how he's doing what just some of the game's greats have done.
George Brett remembers sitting next to Frank White and Vida Blue in the dugout at Yankee Stadium, his ninth-inning home run having just given the Kansas City Royals the lead.
George Brett likes to say that hitting was always easier for him to do than say.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost could have been excused for missing his team's game on the night his daughter got married.
Jeff Francouer noticed the sun rising as the plane landed and people having breakfast as the Kansas City Royals arrived at their hotel near Dallas.
George Brett is giving coaching a month.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been called upon to replace injured Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira on the United States team for the World Baseball Classic.
The Minnesota Twins have had all of two managers over the last quarter-century, so it's a bit startling to see Ron Gardenhire beginning the last year of his contract, his job seemingly on the line after back-to-back seasons of more than 95 losses.
The last couple years, every time that Royals manager Ned Yost would stop to buy a cup of coffee, he would tell the barista his name was Frank.
Managers Terry Collins of the Mets and Ron Roenicke of the Brewers will serve as NL coaches for the All-Star game and managers Ned Yost of the Royals and Bob Melvin of the A's will coach on the AL side.
The Chicago Cubs have hired Dale Sveum as their new manager, hoping the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach can help turn around the long-suffering franchise. The Cubs said Sveum would be introduced at a news conference Friday at Wrigley Field.
Dale Sveum remembers both good times and tough times in Boston.
The Kansas City Royals have optioned Yamaico Navarro to Triple-A Omaha.
He had said he wanted to return,, especially with the franchise finally contending for the first time in decades.
"It seems like when you're going through those (losing) streaks, every decision you make doesn't work," Yost said.