KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ned Yost might have sealed his fate with the Royals fan base after making one of his worst managerial blunders of the year.
Yost apparently went brain-dead when he sent Jeremy Guthrie back to mound in the 8th inning of a tie game in Detroit.
Guthrie, who had been flirting with danger all afternoon, had given up a dozen hits and his pitch count was in triple digits. Still, this manager, allowed Guthrie to face the same batter, who had earlier belted a two run homer for the Tigers.
Alex Aliva was due up and must have been biting at the bit to get another crack at Guthrie--
and he did.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry in this city had a pretty good idea what would happen-- and it did.
Aliva homered again and the Royals were cooked.
Then the outrage began.
What in the world is this manager doing?
Royals have the best bullpen in baseball and he ignores it. That's grounds, to be fired on the spot.
He was canned in Milwaukee with 12 games left in the season and during a playoff drive with the Brewers. Now you know why.
We've had to watch this manager play favorites all year. Royals went through a horrid month in May because Yost kept trotting out guys like Jeff Francoeur and Chris Getz who couldn't hit a lick.
Now, when the Royals have finally positioned themselves in their first playoff hunt in over 20 years, Yost screws it up.
What he did with Guthrie is inexcusable and could very well have ended the Royals playoff hopes.
The sad part of this, Yost and General Manager Dayton Moore are joined at the hip. Both are in the final year of their contracts.
I'm all for Moore getting an extension, but re\signing Yost would be a monumental mistake.
Yost should be toast.
Baseball fans of this city deserve better.
That's Jack's Smack.