/After a Prolonged Wait, a Royals Coach Makes the Right Decision in an Instant

After a Prolonged Wait, a Royals Coach Makes the Right Decision in an Instant

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The Royals’ third-base coach, Mike Jirschele, left, sending Lorenzo Cain home in Game 6 of the A.L.C.S.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Eric Hosmer laced a single down the right-field line, Lorenzo Cain came flying around second as if late for a job interview. A trip to the World Series was hanging in the balance. It was the moment Mike Jirschele had been waiting for.

Maybe not as long as everyone in this once-again baseball-crazed city thought, not back to Game 7 of the World Series last October when Jirschele, the Kansas City Royals’ third-base coach, threw up a stop sign for Alex Gordon, who stayed anchored at third base as Madison Bumgarner got the final out and the San Francisco Giants became World Series champions.

But Jirschele had waited long enough.

Having spent 13 years playing…

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