Phils Place Final Nail in Yost’s Coffin!

15 09 2008

by Michael DeLuca

A four game sweep by the Philadelphia Phillies has prompted the Milwaukee Brewers to dismiss manager Ned Yost with just 12 games remaining in the regular season!  Despite the Brewers’ success this season, Yost faced heavy criticism throughout the course of the year. 

The latest came during this recent four game stretch with the Phils, in which Yost opted not to pitch C.C. Sabathia and in a crucial situation allowed Pat Burrell to face a left handed reliever, Brian Shouse.  It appeared that Shouse was brought in to face lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but with with first base open, Yost decided to intentionally walk Howard bringing up Pat “The Bat”.  With the right-handed hitting Burrell at the plate, a notorious lefty killer, Yost chose to keep Shouse in the game rather than making the switch to right hander Eric Gagné, who was already warmed up in the bullpen. Burrell singled scoring Jason Werth. Shouse remained in the game and faced Shane Victorino, who blasted a three run homer, cementing the win for the Fightin’ Phils. Said Yost of his decision to walk Howard and face Burrell, “At that point, he’s so hot, you’ve got to (walk him). You bring in Shousie to face him but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.” It’s that type of indecisiveness that got Yost fired. By virtue of the sweep, the Phils tied Milwaukee for the lead in the wild card standings.

The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager, Doug Melvin, who is also the team’s Executive Vice President.  Said Melvin, “This was a very difficult move to make, and we appreciate all of the work that Ned has done to develop this team into a contender.  In the end, this was a collaborative decision made to put our Club in the best position for the final two weeks of the season.”

An unidentified Brewers player told ESPN.com’s Amy Nelson, “I think we have sucked in September so far and I don’t think it’s his fault that we can’t hit or pitch right now but something had to change.”

Dale Sveum, who had been serving as the Brewers third base coach, will finish out the season as interim manager of the club.

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2 responses

16 09 2008
datzrightdude

honestly the brewers are stupid- yes Yost has made some bad moves with his bullpen and stuff like that, but they have a better chance to win with Yost, because a change in manager will just create more discomfort in leadership

17 09 2008
Jared Eisenberg

I really believe that when he was bitching and complaining about him, the team and the world missing out on a no-hitter it went down hill. This is just another example of people worried about statistics and not wins. He gets what he deserves!

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