Even following 104-loss season, Ned Yost still loves his job



February 19, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost gives starting pitcher Jakob Junis a fist bump after relieving him in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees on May 18, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Ever fixated on the present, Ned Yost doesn’t linger on his near-death experience before last season when he fell some 20 feet from a tree stand in a freak accident.

So when the moment creeps into his sleep and Yost hears that ssssst sound that preceded the plunge that left him with a broken pelvis and internal bleeding and being helicoptered to trauma doctors who saved his life, he simply tells himself, “OK, stop,” to scold it out of his mind.

To further put it behind him, he also thought it worth having his son, also named Ned, cut down the dangling safety straps — which had failed — on the tree at his Georgia farm.

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