Into the manager’s office strode Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz. He interrupted a postgame interview with a dozen reporters and the on-field leader of his baseball team.
“I’d like to make an announcement,” Kuntz said. “That was the No. 800 win for manager Ned Yost. No. 800.”
From behind his desk, Yost grimaced. “Beat it, Rusty,” he replied.
Yost achieved the milestone with a 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He has been a manager for parts of 11 seasons, with a 800-844 record. This series has been filled with round-number feats: Alex Gordon recorded his 1,000th hit on Tuesday, and one more save will give Greg Holland a cool 100 for his career.
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Yost, of course, stressed the feats of his players were far more impressive than his own.
“Eight hundred wins is nice,” Yost said. “But I didn’t win any of those 800 games. Those guys, and a lot of guys like them, won every one of those 800 games. You keep it in perspective. And you just keep winning.”
Yost has aggravated observers for years with his in-game tactics and occasionally churlish interviews. But by sticking with younger players like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, he has earned their trust.
“It’s really cool to see a manager get 800 wins,” Moustakas said. “It’s a very tough deal, especially in baseball. For him to get 800, it’s really, really awesome. Special to be a part of.”
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