March 1, 2014 4:54 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost loosens the reins as he adjusts to a new generation of players

At times, Yost must balance competing desires: His ingrained beliefs versus the psyche of the modern player. His need to wrest control of a situation versus the importance of loosening the reins. Still, a light flickered midway through 2013. The players no longer required hand-holding. The meetings decreased. The atmosphere lightened. Yost acts more like a colleague, and less like a teacher.

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