Ned Yost is now a former Brewers manager…the classic fall guy for a team that, since September rolled around, has been playing itself out of a spot in the playoffs.
Milwaukee management had seen enough after a four-game sweep in Philadelphia, which brought the Brewers’ September record to 3-11. Third base coach Dale Sveum becomes the interim manager, with Robin Yount rejoining the club as bench coach, while Yost ally Ted Simmons is reassigned within the organization.
The reality could be that Yost was the right guy to manage the Brewers as Milwaukee was making progress toward becoming a playoff-contending team, but the wrong guy to actually get them to the postseason. Or, there could be an alternate reality: owner Mark Attanasio is simply pushing the panic button, and will quickly find out that no one, not even a fiery guy like Lou Pineiella or a genius like Tony LaRussa would be able to snap the Brewers out of their recent funk. Trading for CC Sabathia paid instant dividends, and is still paying off….who knows what will happen in the wake of the Yost firing.
Right now, it’s in the hands of the players. Will a managerial firing get hitters to swing at better pitches? Will the bench presence of Brewers legend Robin Yount miraculously turn Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan into productive pitchers?
We’ll find out over the next twelve games. Personally, I think it’s a move that if it were going to be made, should have been made after the season. Baseball is one of those games that often, the harder you try to do something, the worse you perform.
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This post was written by bbradovich on September 15, 2008