Ned Yost prefers managing in the American League because “frankly, it is a lot easier.”

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Dust off your book of DH arguments, Ned Yost shared his opinion. Per MLB.com’s Jack Magruder, the Royals’ skipper said he prefers managing in the American League as opposed to the National League because “frankly, it is a lot easier.”

Thanks to the DH rule, American League managers have comparatively fewer things to worry about during a game than their NL counterparts. He doesn’t have to balance pinch-hitting for a poorly-throwing pitcher early in the game, nor does he necessarily have to get his bullpen moving during a close game in the seventh inning should his offense put runners on base by the time the pitcher’s spot in the lineup comes up.

Yost, of course, did manage in the NL, leading the Brewers from 2003 to 2008. His Brewers compiled a 457-502 record, reaching the post-season in 2008 but he was fired in September and replaced by Dale Sveum. Yost is speaking from experience having played both sides.