Ned Yost wasn’t a finalist for the American League Manager of the Year award, but he is still in the top three of one list.
Best looking managers.
This is an annual list compiled by Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk at NBCSports.com. He has a few caveats:
1. None of the managers are ugly and the list, of course, is subjective.
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2. The list based on “aesthetic handsomeness, not one of love or longing.”
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is No. 1 on the list.
Matheny bumped Tigers manager Brad Ausmus from the top spot he held a year ago. However, Ausmus checks in at No. 2:
At No. 3 is Yost. A year ago, Yost was tied with White Sox manager Robin Ventura for No. 3, but this year, it’s Yost’s alone.
Here is part of what Calcaterra wrote about Yost:
“All I can tell you is that I’ve been in his presence for two straight Octobers and two straight Decembers and the man has swagger to spare. I know he looks like your uncle. I know he still parts and ever-so-subtly feathers his hair like it’s 1982 and he owns stock in the Goody Comb Company. I just can’t explain it with reference to actual objective handsomeness metrics. Winning pennants for Yost is like mainlining liquid machismo. It transformed him from the Professor Kelp of his Milwaukee and early Kansas City days to the Buddy Love we’re witnessing now. I mean it: if Ned Yost comes to your house, tell your dad to get the shotgun and lock up the womenfolk.”
If you are a Royals fan, you have to admit, this photo is beautiful, right?
You read more about what he wrote about Yost and see the the entire list here.
Andy McCullough, the Royals’ beat writer for The Star, got the scoop on what Yost thought about the ranking: