JACK'S SMACK: For the good of the team, Yost needs to be shown the door

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Here we go...the Royals are circling the drain and the management wants to put the blame on the hitting coach. It’s almost comical.

You really wonder if these people even have a clue.

Third Base Coach Dale Sveum becomes the team’s fifth hitting instructor in the last year. This move tells me the Royals are admitting they don't know what to do.

They've got the same players-- the same ones who can't hit.

If they really wanted to shake things up, why didn't they send a couple of these guys up I-29 to Omaha.

Apparently Eric Hosmer gave his approval for this change. He had a major part in running off Kevin Seitzer, the best hitting coach this team has had in the last 20 years.

Ned Yost is in big trouble, folks. This is exactly what Dayton Moore did about four years ago when he brought in Yost to be Trey Hillman's bench coach. Hillman was a horrible hire and Moore was forced to make a change. He canned Hillman and Yost became manager.

In the off season, Moore brought in Sveum, who had managed the Cubs, and made him the Royals third base coach. Moore was just protecting his backside.

The owner in Arkansas can pull the trigger on Yost in a New York second if this team goes over the cliff and it’s pretty close right now.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sveum becomes the manager of this team before the year is over.

The next two weeks are critical. We're going to find out if Yost has any chance of surviving with this team. He's clearly fighting for his job.

His personality makes it hard for fans to connect. Yost is a surly, crusty ol’ fart who really believes he's the second coming of Abner Doubleday. He's on record boasting he's never been wrong when it comes to judging talent.

There's an old adage in baseball. Managers are hired to be fired and that's certainly in play with Yost.

I'm just saying - for the good of this franchise - it probably needs to happen sooner rather than later.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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