Yost excited for fifth stint as All-Star coach

Yost excited for fifth stint as All-Star coach

Yost excited for fifth stint as All-Star coach
DETROIT -- Royals manager Ned Yost will be making his fifth appearance as an All-Star coach, when he joins Rangers skipper Ron Washington's staff for the American League squad in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium.

This is Yost's first service for the AL, as he previously served on the National League staff for the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit in his third season managing for the Milwaukee Brewers. Yost also served on the NL staff under Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

Being able to join the staff in the city where he now manages is a special feeling for Yost, who considers it a tremendous honor.

"When I look back and reflect that I have been a part of five All-Star Games, it is a special feeling," Yost said. "It's not like I was voted in as a player, but every time I have been a part of the All-Star week it has been a very enjoyable experience. It gives me a chance to go to and be a part of one of the greatest spectacles in our game."

There is a strong desire for the American League to win the game, but the pressure to win is not quite the same for Yost as one of the coaches, unlike the daily grind as a manager.

"We're there to assist the guys as best as we can, but it's really a special time being with that group of All-Stars," Yost said. "What I found striking and surprising is that all those guys in that clubhouse do become a team, even if it is just for a few days. I never realized that before I coached at an All-Star Game. Those guys really develop that same bond that you do with your teammates on a daily basis."

Among his best memories of past All-Star games were his role as a coach under former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa for the 2005 game. Yost also was able to spend time with George Kissell, a legendary manager, coach and scout for the Cardinals organization. Kissell died in 2008 and was considered one of the greatest teachers of the game.

"I was able to get a tremendous level of experience and insight by working with [La Russa], and the time I spent with Kissell was really special," Yost said. "He had incredible knowledge of the game."

Yost will stay with the other players and coaches at a hotel near Kauffman Stadium, even though his condominium is a "three-minute walk" from the venue.

"I also love that you get to enjoy the [All-Star activities] with your family, and can spend some time with them," Yost said.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin also will serve on Washington's AL staff.