Trey Hillman coached up his last game as Kansas City Royals manager yesterday, going out with a win.
Hillman knew he was gone prior to the game. He and Royals G.M. Dayton Moore discussed the change after the club's loss to the Cleveland Indians the night before. But Moore allowed Hillman to manage one last game.
Now, the Royals' future is now in the clutches of Ned Yost.
Who is Yost?
He's an ex-ballplayer, who played three years for the Milwaukee Brewers (1980-83) and spent a year in a Texas Rangers uni along with a five-game cup of coffee with the Montreal Expos.
Yost managed the Brew Crew from 2002 to 2008, when he was fired. In his best season, the Brewers finished in second place in the National League Central with an 83-79 record. He's in the hole on his overall record, 457-502. But there's reason for hope in the Yost era.
Yost is also a man who can make dead things look good on display.
"Yost enjoyed a second career as a taxidermist in
Jackson, Mississippi in between his playing days and coaching days," his
If he enjoyed that career, then he'll love this one. The Royals are just
10.5 games back in the American League Central, so they're pretty close
to dead (although winning the weekend series with the White Sox could
be a good start for Yost).
Then again, the Brewers firing Yost in September 2008 was the "first
time in major league history -- except the strike-split 1981 season --
that a manager was fired in August or later with his team in playoff
reported at the time.
Brewers fans also came to criticize
Yost for his in-game and bullpen management. Sound familiar?
So at least Yost has something to fall back on if this whole managing
the Royals thing doesn't work out.
Another Yost fun fact: Yost wore No. 3 when he managed the Brewers, as a
tribute to Dale Earnhardt.