CHICAGO – Ned Yost spent six years managing the Brewers in the National League and another decade as a coach preceding that with the Braves. He appreciates the strategy and nuance of the senior circuit’s rulebook. But as the Royals finished up their first road interleague series of 2015, Yost expressed the belief that the different rules put American League clubs at a disadvantage in N.L. parks.
"I feel our team’s built for an American League game," Yost said. "I love the National League rules when National League teams are playing National League teams. But for interleague, I think they should just make it all-DH."
The lack of a designated hitter meant Kendrys Morales spent Friday afternoon on the bench. Yost lived this reality for years with the Royals, forced to bench Billy Butler whenever the club ventured into the N.L. To give Eric Hosmer a day off on Sunday, Morales manned first base for the first time this season.
Yost lamented how National League teams are not penalized when they play by American League rules. The club adds a bench player to their lineup, which often provides a depth they cannot access during their regular games.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright tore his Achilles tendon while batting in April. He will miss the rest of the season. In the wake of his injury, a debate sparked about whether both leagues should adopt the D.H.
On this point, Yost does not believe the two leagues should adopt uniform rules.
"For me, I loved managing a National League game," he said. "Because there’s so much more strategy involved. The American League game, I love it, too, because it’s easier. It’s easier to manage the game. I’m not sure they should just throw the DH out in both of those, because the National League game, it’s exciting. It’s different."