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Ned Yost's In Game Tendencies

I had heard some comments when Ned Yost took over as manager that he was fairly hands on in making game decisions. Instead of just letting the players bat, he would be calling for sacrifices and steals. I went back and looked at his tendencies while with the Brewers in the NL. I added in average NL numbers over that same time frame for comparison. Also his numbers in 2010 were added (prorated to 162 games) for comparison.


While in the NL, the Ned managed put down 10 extra sacrifice bunts (SH, sacrifice hits) per season compared to the other teams. This trend did not continue with the Royals. The opposite is true with SF (sacrifice flies). With the Brewers, he was at league averaged, but the rate with the Royals jumped quite a bit.

Ned likes to see players active on the base paths, by averaging more than 10 more attempts with the Brewers and about 20 more with the Royals. With the Brewers, his success rate was just a little better than league average (around 75% success rate is normally the break even point on steals). With the Royals, the success rate was well below the league average.

Finally, Ned doesn't like to have pitchers give out IBB, to the tune of 14 less a year with in the NL. With the Royals, he gave them out at the same rate compared to the rest of the league.

By looking at the numbers, Ned seems to like to make decisions while his team is batting, but will leave his pitchers alone.