Jack's Smack: Praise for Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This is not easy for me to do, but I'm going to praise Ned Yost anyway.

He should be commended for putting the Royals in position to have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

Ned has stayed the course with a team that has encountered some wild swings during the season; a team that couldn't hit, a team that couldn't score and yet a team that has discovered a way of winning games in bunches.

To be honest, I have always found it very difficult to be drawn to Yost for his managerial skills. He comes across in a surly way as a manager who gives the impression of having all the answers.

Bottom line; it doesn't matter what I think of Ned Yost.

His job is to win baseball games, and he's doing a good job of that right now.

This is a remarkable run we're watching. The Royals lost their best hitter in Eric Hosmer. Billy butler, the player no other team wanted at the trade deadline, has carried the Royals for the last three weeks.

You can talk about pitching and defense and all that stuff, and sure, it’s important, but give me the man with the big bat.

There is no reason the Royals can't win this division. They're carrying the heaviest payroll in club history. They've got the best bullpen in the league.

There's no more room for excuses.

No other professional sport has tormented its fans the way the Royals have tormented us.

Just being in a pennant race, is a lot of fun, but it's not good enough anymore.

It's time to win something that really matters. It’s right there for the taking.

Can they pull off? Absolutely.

You can call me a homer if you want, but, the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports, is about to end.

Hallelujah!

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