CLEVELAND -- Royals manager Ned Yost did see some immediate results from chewing out his players after last Friday's night's dreadful loss at Baltimore.
"Well, [we] won two games," he said.
Does such managerial admonishment always do such good?
"Sometimes it does," Yost said. "Sometimes they need a little shock therapy. Not very often.
"You just try to snap 'em back to reality, that's all you're trying to do. They get a little carried away with their struggle at times and start to dwell on it too much and you can't do that. In this game, in order to be successful, you've got to manage failure, both as a manager and as a player. That's your most important job. It's easy to manage success. Managing the failures is the job."
Such shock therapy is not likely to become a Yost habit, however.
"You can't be yelling at 'em all the time. You get to the point where it's needed," Yost said. "I don't think I yelled at 'em at all last year, this is the first time this year and I don't intend to do it again. Hopefully, I don't need to do it again. It's just that you've got certain standards that you set forth and that's what you want."