Ned Yost (1980-1983)
Ned Yost currently serves as the current manager of the Kansas City Royals. He took the job in May 2010. The Royals currently sit in fourth place in the American League Central.
His Playing Career
Yost began his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was their backup catcher.
His career as a player was very short-lived. After his four years in the Crew’s organization, he played 80 games for the Texas Rangers in 1984, and then made five appearances with the Montreal Expos in 1985 before his retirement.
Yost’s overall career batting average sits at .212, with an on-base percentage of .237.
Before the Royals, Yost began as a minor league manager. He started in the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves as the bullpen coach (1991-1998) where he earned a championship ring (1995). From 1999-2002, he then served as the Braves third base coach.
In 2002, he began his managerial career with the same team he began his playing career with: the Milwaukee Brewers. He remained in the position until September 2008, when the playoff-seeking Crew lost 11 of 14 games. He was replaced by Dale Sveum. Even with the skid, the primarily Yost-led team earned a Wild Card berth.
After, Yost was in the running for the vacant Houston Astros manager position, but he was not selected. Just a year later, he was hired as the Royals manager.
As the leader of the Kansas City Royals, he has been fairly successful. With the Royals, he boasts a record of just under .500. He is the longest-tenured manager in Royals history, and he is also the winningest manager in the history of the club.
Other Milwaukee Ties
Obviously, he can be linked to the Milwaukee Brewers organization in several ways, as both a player and a manager in the organization. In addition, he has one more connection to the blue and gold. His son, Ned Yost IV, is a coach for the Crew’s Triple A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.