The Dodgers make three errors on one awful, ridiculous play

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I mentioned in the recaps that Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run against the Padres. You won’t believe how San Diego’s two unearned runs were scored. Or maybe you will. Because it all got kicked off by Yasiel Puig trying to do too much on a routine play.

Runners on first and second and one out. A fly out to center. No big deal. The play ends if Puig just eats the ball after he catches it. But he throws it offline to first in an effort to double off the runner there. The ball goes flying, which allows the runners to advance to second and third. OK, the play can end then, right?

Nope. A.J. Ellis, who backed up the errant throw to first base, was clearly infected by Puig’s enthusiasm and he throws the ball away over second base as he tries to nail the runner who advanced there. The lead runner heads home. OK. One run. Not too bad! Let’s get out number — wait, oh my God, Hanley, what are you doing?!

Hanley Ramirez — who was all the way out in center by the time this was going down — fields Ellis’ crappy throw and fires a crappy throw home of his own in an effort to get that lead runner. He’s way offline and it goes to the backstop. That lead runner, who was going to score anyway, scores, and runner who was originally on first base rounds third and heads home.

A.J. Ellis is probably pretty tired at this point. He ran down to first to back up Puig’s throw, fired it to the outfield, and then ran all the way back to his position and fielded Ramirez’s throw. That runner who was on first base when the play began is now chugging his way home. He should be dead to rights at home, where Kershaw is covering. Ellis picks it up and, welp, no, the throw is too late. Two runs in on what started out as a shallow fly to center.

Kershaw’s flip of the ball once the play is over says it all.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: