JACK'S SMACK: Yost's critics growing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ned Yost might be the most polarizing sports figure in Kansas City.

A lot of people don't like him. It’s nothing personal. I just don't think he's a very good manager. He's too inconsistent from day-to-day for me.

Managers just don't win popularity contests with their fans. Every move is usually second guessed one way or the other.

You can be a truck driver, an iron worker or maybe you build houses-- it doesn't matter. In most cases you feel you're capable of doing a better job than the manager. It's human nature.

Of course, the personalities of certain managers make them easier to dislike. Ned comes across as a grouchy, old fart and gives the impression that he knows more about the game than Abner Doubleday. Ned becomes irritated with reporters when they start poking around and questioning his managerial strategies. That’s part of the deal isn't it?

With expectations higher now, his critics are growing in numbers. He's in the fourth full season as manager of the Royals.

The owner gave him a new contract, but that doesn't mean squat if this team unravels in the next two months. I don't see that happening, not with this starting rotation, but early indications show this bullpen is fragile.

This is clearly not one of the manager's strengths. We need to watch this closely.

The axiom "managers are hired to fired" could be in play sooner than later. It’s high time for this manager to produce.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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