Need proof that managers don’t matter all that much? Ned Yost is the skipper of a playoff team. Bobby was a great manager, but his disciples — Yost, Fredi, Jimy Williams — haven’t impressed.
I’m no Adam Dunn fan, but it’s a surprise he’s sitting on the bench in favor of Vogt and Fuld. They say Billy Beane’s reputation is on the line, but Jon Lester was worth getting in exchange for a hitter with a .301 OBP who will be a free agent after next season. The Jeff Samardzija trade will be the one A’s fans, and Beane, will live to regret once Addison Russell is making All-Star teams for the North Siders.
Prediction: Royals 3-2.