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While in the Mets' farm system, Ned Yost had a winter job as a taxidermist

Ned Yost used to have a winter job as a taxidermist

Back before he was the landscape-destroying manager of the AL champion Royals, Ned Yost was a solid player in his own right. He was a promising prospect coming out of college and was taken seventh overall in the 1974 Draft by, oddly enough, the Mets, whom his team will face in this year's World Series. Before Tuesday's Game 1, Yost was asked about his time in the organization, and had nothing but positive things to say: 

But, as was the case for most Minor Leaguers at the time, Yost wasn't making a ton of money. So, he got himself an offseason job. Except, well, his chosen profession was a little ... unconventional: While a member of the Double-A Jackson Mets, he decided to become a taxidermist.

"My uncle ran a bowling alley there, and they had a storage room out back. That was my winter job -- we'd go deer hunting, and we'd do taxidermy in the back of the bowling alley. It was a lot of fun."

According to Yost, the bowling alley is still there. To any moose (no, not that kind) in or around Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night: You've been warned.  

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