Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and head athletic trainer Nick Kenney were named today as a coach and trainer, respectively, for the American League All-Stars at the 83rd All-Star Game to be played on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Yost, who also was selected to the N.L. All-Star coaching staff in 2005 in Detroit, will join Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin as members of the staff selected by A.L. All-Star manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers. Yost was also a part of Bobby Cox’ N.L. All-Star staff as a Braves coach in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000 following Atlanta’s five World Series appearances that decade. Yost becomes the 10th Royals manager to be appointed to the All-Star staff, joining Bob Lemon (1972), Jack McKeon (1974), Whitey Herzog (1978), Dick Howser (1982, 1985), Hal McRae (1992), Bob Boone (1996), Tony Muser (2001), Tony Pena (2004) and Trey Hillman (2009). In addition, the Royals’ Jim Frey and Howser managed the A.L. squads in 1981 and 1986, respectively, following the Royals’ trips to the World Series.
Kenney, who is in his third season as the Royals’ head athletic trainer, is a first-time All-Star and will be joined by Lonnie Soloff, the head athletic trainer of the Cleveland Indians. Kenney is the fourth club trainer to be honored with a selection to the A.L. All-Star staff, joining Jim Dudley (1976), Mickey Cobb (1982, 1990) and Nick Swartz (1996, 2006).