On Saturday, Ned Yost will celebrate his first-year anniversary as the Royals manager.
Yost replaced Trey Hillman, who was fired on May 13, 2010 with the Royals' record 12-23. Yost had just joined the Royals last year as a special advisor to baseball operations. His real title should have been "manager-in-waiting."
Yost had been scouting the Royals' talent in the minors, so he had first-hand knowledge of the blue-chippers in the pipeline. The Royals went 55-72 the rest of last season under Yost's watch.
This year, the Royals started 20-18 with seven rookies, including five in the bullpen, on the 25-man roster. Yost said he didn't foresee carrying that many first-year players, but is glad because it puts the club ahead for the future.
"It's been about what I expected," Yost said. "Maybe we're a little ahead of schedule. Realistically, I was thinking we'd start to make a jump in 2012 or in the second half of 2011. So we're a little ahead of schedule."
Yost has a 75-90 record as the Kansas City manager.
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