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Has Ned Yost Completely Lost It?
Posted by Herb at 9/26/2007 8:44:00 PM
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Despite a large percentage of Brewers fans calling for Ned Yost's head most of the season, I was willing to cut him some slack because I know that a manager really isn't worth more than a few wins or losses during a season. But starting with some dubious decisions late in August, he's chipped away and tonight was the last straw. I'm really going to hate to see him back next season.

With the Cardinals leading 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning, Yost brought in Seth McClung to face Albert Pujols with one out and the bases empty. It was an odd choice since McClung is pretty low on the bullpen totem pole and Derrick Turnbow was warming up alongside him in the pen. Everything became clear when McClung hit Pujols with the first pitch intentionally, which was retaliation for Larussa hitting Fielder intentionally earlier in the game, which went back to the previous night's game. Now, I understand that you want to protect your players, but why on earth would put purposely put a player on base in a one run game with a chance to get within one game of the division leader? The Brewers bullpen is no where good enough to do that.

Turnbow then came in, got a quick out, allowed a hit then walked two guys in a row to walk in a run (the last was Kelly Stinnett on four pitches, but Turnbow should be another whole rant). After that it fell apart and the Cardinals scored three more runs.

How can a manager feel that intentionally hitting a batter and soothing his ego is more important than keeping a game close while in a pennant race?


At least the Brewers didn't miss out on a critical opportunity to gain a game on the Cubs or anything....

Seriously, this is just yet another example of how dumb the "code" or "unwritten rules" of baseball (or really, any endeavor) are.
Posted by Erickson at 9/26/2007 10:40:00 PM
Its Turnbow who should be turning Brewers fans against Yost. The Fat Goat is single-handedly blowing the Brewers chances for winning the Central this year. He has an amazing ability to blow games in the clutch - a single and two walks last night (many of the pitches during the walk were nowhere near the plate). On 9/19 he gave up the hit that drove in two runs (charged to Shouse) that ended up blowing the lead and costing the game in 10 innings. On Sept 12 against a Pirate team the Cubs have been beating like a drum , DT gave up 3 runs in the 8th of a 7-4 loss, then another 3 runs in the 8th of a 9-7 loss to Houston on 9/3. During Sept, the Fat Goat has given up 11 walks in 8 2/3 inning, with a 9.35 ERA and a WHIP of almost 2 - most of them in the late innings of close games. The Brewers are about to set a record for most leads blown in the late innings of a season - if Yost gets fired, it should be for his incredible loyalty to this pitcher who continues to blow the hard-earned runs of the Brewers young hitters. In the offseason, the Crew should trade DT to the Cubs for Matt Murton - the Goat is the kind of "Proven Veteran" that Cub fans salivate over...
Posted by aporia2 at 9/27/2007 5:43:00 AM
A great manager brings in the best pitcher (Cordero or maybe even a starter, Sheets if he was healthy) in a situation like that in a pennant-race critical game. I see Joe Torre routinely bring in Rivera in a situation like this (usually in the playoffs) and then figured out the ninth inning from there.
Posted by schoenke at 9/27/2007 7:06:00 AM
It's not even about who he brought in. It's about the stupidity of putting a guy on base intentionally down by one run and the bases empty in the eighth inning.
Posted by herbilk at 9/27/2007 9:05:00 AM
I'm with you on Yost. And as you know, I'm still pissed he benched Rickie Weeks Friday, essentially because of an eight at-bat sample.
Posted by spianow at 9/27/2007 10:08:00 AM
Sad, Yost was getting MOY props earlier in the year when the Brewers appeared to have a stranglehold on the NL Central. Now he's just a notch above Grady Little on the NL's dumbest managers list.
Posted by vtadave at 9/27/2007 1:34:00 PM
The seventh inning is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
Posted by spianow at 9/27/2007 2:07:00 PM
So Yost got a one-game suspension for the Brewers - is that really a punishment to the team?
Posted by Erickson at 9/27/2007 4:45:00 PM

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