Yael T. Abouhalkah

Once again, the ‘dunce’ Ned Yost gets the last laugh for the Royals

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost celebrated a victory Thursday night that earned the team its first division championship in 30 years.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost celebrated a victory Thursday night that earned the team its first division championship in 30 years. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Remember when The Wall Street Journal called Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost a “dunce” and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter a “chessmaster” during the 2014 playoffs?

Yeah, so do I.

That was right before the Royals City swept the Orioles in four games to win the American League crown, making it to the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

What a sweet time that was (except for that Game Seven loss, of course).

On Thursday night, Yost at Kauffman Stadium celebrated the Royals’ first American League division crown in 30 years, after what’s been a tough September for the manager and his club.

But let’s face it: The main thing Kansas City fans will remember about the 2015 season is how far Yost and the Royals go in their playoff games, which start Oct. 8 in the American League division series.

Oh, and you might not see Showalter and the Orioles after the regular season ends.

As of Friday, they were one of five or six clubs fighting to qualify for the final playoff spot in the American League.

Who knows? If the O’s actually make it into postseason play, the “dunce” and “chessmaster” eventually could square off again in October baseball.

My money will be on Yost if that happens.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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