Courtesy: Wichita State
BSB: Yost to Speak at First Pitch Banquet
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:01/23/2013
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WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita State baseball program will host its annual First Pitch Banquet on Mon., Jan. 28 in the Preferred Health Systems Multipurpose Center at Charles Koch Arena.  Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost will be the featured speaker at the banquet.  The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 7 p.m.

Also scheduled to appear at the banquet are former Shockers Andy Dirks and Mike Pelfrey.  Dirks played in the 2012 World Series for the Detroit Tigers and Pelfrey is a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.

Yost has been a part of Major League Baseball for 33 years, beginning as a player for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.  He was drafted in the second round in 1974 by Montreal out of junior college, but didn't sign until later that year as a first rounder by the New York Mets.  He was a part of the 1982 World Series team alongside sluggers Paul Molitor, Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper.  Ned also played with the Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos, mostly as a catcher.

Ned has spent most of the last 18 years coaching and managing, with stops in Atlanta and Milwaukee before being named skipper for the Royals in 2010.  Ned spent 12 years in Atlanta as a bullpen coach and third base coach, followed by six seasons as manager for the Brewers from 2003-08.

Tickets are $40 each or a table of 10 can be reserved for $400. To purchase tickets, call the Shocker Baseball office at 316/978-3636.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Fri., Jan. 25.

-Wichita State-

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