Ned Yost only wanted a one-year contract extension because he might retire

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Yesterday the Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a one-year contract extension that keeps him at the helm through 2016 and Yost revealed to the local media that he didn’t want any additional years tacked on.

Why? Because he might retire after 2016.

Yost, who did the conference call announcing the extension while literally sitting in a deer stand on comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s property–seriously, re-read that sentence–explained to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star:

[General manager] Dayton [Moore]’s got this year and next year, and that’s all I wanted. One extra year, I’m happy with that. And we’ll just play it out, and see what happens after that.

Moore replied “of course” when asked if he would have been willing to add more than one year to the extension. Yost’s previous deal was a two-year extension signed after the 2013 season. He’s now 60 years old.

Yost is 38 wins away from becoming the winningest manager in Royals history, but early last season he was on the hot seat and even after the World Series run his overall record as Kansas City’s manager is 373-402 for a .481 winning percentage.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.