“The Royals went to their bench again in sending up Carlos Pena to bat for Jarrod Dyson. Cleveland chose to play its infield at normal depth — in effect conceding the tying run on a grounder. Pena took a third strike on a full-count pitch.”
Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
GH: Dutton did not mention the fact that Ned Yost decided to pinch hit Carlos Pena in the ninth until he was over 600 words into his Royals game story. Even more glaring – this was Dutton’s only mention of that grievous guffaw. On a night and a ninth where Ned Yost may have cost the Royals their slim hopes at the postseason, Dutton went turtle on his readers and blew the post-game interview and his game story. I mean Dutton’s work on this one was as bad as Ned Yost’s night. Read on.
“Pena saw six pitches. Didn’t move the bat off his shoulder. Called out on strikes. An awful at-bat by a veteran who knew he was sent up there to put the ball in play. Then again, that’s what Pena does: He strikes out. … The guy had had two at bats in the last two months. The guy was rusty!”
David Schoenfield, ESPN.com who also appeared on 810’s The Border Patrol Tuesday morning
GH: Dutton either did not know the stats on Pena or decide not to include how poor of a decision this was in his gamer for The Star. Other writers were not nearly as negligent. Read on.
“This clinches it: Ned Yost has no idea what he’s doing.”
Headline for Matthew Pouliot’s column posted following the Royals 4-3 loss in Cleveland, nbcsports.com
“Yost kills Royals with awful ninth inning.”
Headline for David Schoenfield’s column on ESPN.com
“Are you kidding me, Carlos Pena?”
Headline to Jeffrey Flanagan’s column on Foxsportskansascity.com
GH: These three news outlets blistered Ned Yost in both their headlines and their writer’s words. What was The Star’s online headline for PenaGate? “Royals miseries in Cleveland continue in 4-3 loss to Indians.” To quote Flanagan’s headline; Are You Kidding Me?
“Congratulations, Ned Yost, you just managed the worst inning of the season.”
David Schoenfield, ESPN.com
GH: What was Dutton’s question to Yost following the game where Schoenfield called the worst managed inning of the season? Read on…
“Do you feel like you’re snake bit?”
Bob Dutton, in a post-game question to Ned Yost following the 4-3 loss in Cleveland Monday night, Fox Sports KC
GH: Snake bit? Like Yost had nothing to do with the outcome of this loss? Like it was predestined by the baseball gods? I don’t think I’ve ever been more frustrated by Dutton’s work than the lack of it on Monday night. He was just ridiculously soft on a manager who deserved to be at least drilled with questions as to why he did what he did – if not scorched.
“If Yost was planning to pinch-hit for Dyson with Pena, HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BUNTED THE RUNNERS OVER. And if he wanted to bunt the runners over, HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE PINCH-HIT WITH CARLOS PENA. These two individual decisions, questionable but not catastrophic on their own, are like nitro and glycerin put together. … AND THAT’S NOT THE WORST PART. No, the worst part is that CARLOS PENA IS DONE. He’s finished. He can’t hit anymore. For God’s sake, he was released BY THE HOUSTON ASTROS on July 31st, once they realized that no team was willing to trade for him.”
Rany Jazayerli, ranyontheroyals.com
“Honestly, there is no explanation for Carlos Pena’s at-bat in the ninth inning of the Royals’ agonizing 4-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.”
Jeffrey Flanagan, Foxsportskansascity.com
GH: Maybe that’s why Dutton didn’t think it important enough to include in his game story.
“Very nicely indeed, for Ned Yost to trample all over what was left of the Royals’ postseason hopes. After back-to-back hitters reached, Yost, already having pinch-run for both Perez and Moustakas, sent in David Lough to pinch-hit for Lorenzo Cain and lay down a sacrifice bunt. It was successful, giving the Royals runners on second and third with one out. And that is a defensible decision. It’s not the one I would have made, but it put the Royals in a position to take the lead with a single. It’s what happened next that’s truly remarkable.”
Matthew Pouliot, nbcsports.com
GH: Hopefully, Dutton has read the work of Flanagan, Schoenfield, Jazayerli, Poulioy and just about any other baseball writer of worth who had an opinion on Yost’s managerial decisions Monday in Cleveland. Every one of them swamped what Dutton delivered to his readers.
“Frankly, I’d fire Yost for the whole sequence. … It was a brutal case of overmanaging, and it quite possibly cost the Royals the game and further dimmed their long shot hopes for the postseason. Just get rid of him, seriously.”
Matthew Pouliot, nbcsports.com
“I guess just to defend Ned Yost from my standpoint, I feel like almost every manager makes decisions through the course of a season that we pick apart…”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: So apparently Bob Dutton isn’t the only member of the media who is careful with how he portrays Ned Yost. There is no defending Ned Yost for what he did in Cleveland Monday night. None. There is firing Ned Yost for his incompetence and his brutal mismanagement of the game. Just like Milwaukee did with 12 games remaining in their season. And those in the media who care more about their relationship with Yost than the audience they serve can leave with him.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / @greghall24