Ned Yost brought out the best in his players

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September 25, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Ned Yost spends time with fans before playing the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 18. DANIEL SHIREY/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

The Ned Yost story that sticks in the mind came from the playoff runs. Of course that’s when it happened. Nobody’s career in Kansas City sports turned quicker or with more force than Yost’s during those two magical years.

The postseasons began with that 2014 Wild Card game, and by now we all remember it for Salvador Perez somehow pulling a pitch from the left handed batter’s box down the third base line. That moment changed the Royals. Changed baseball in Kansas City.

It also may have saved Yost’s job.

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