Ned Yost developed an app to teach baseball strategy

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On the one hand, Ned Yost is the manager of a pennant-winning ballclub. On the other hand, he’s a guy whose specific strategic decisions can be so head-scratching that his name has been turned into a verb that serves as a synonym for “bad decision.” In light of that, this is all kinds of fun: Yost helped develop an app during the offseason designed to teach baseball strategy.

In this case it may be OK, though, as it doesn’t test bullpen choices. Rather, it’s about choosing which base fielders should throw to in various scenarios. Yost is probably pretty good at that. My memory of him as the Braves’ third base coach was such that he was pretty good at knowing when to send runners and stuff, and knowing how to do that depends a lot on knowing how fielders are going to respond.

Still, it’s kind of sad. Because an app in which you choose a relief pitcher, only to have the disembodied head of Yost appear and say “Are you sure you want to call on him? It’s the sixth inning and he’s your . . . Seventh Inning Guy” would be the best thing ever.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.