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Weirdest Firing Ever
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/15/2008 1:25:00 PM
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Or maybe the strangest-timed firing ever. The Brewers fired Ned Yost on Monday morning even though they are tied for the Wild Card in the NL. So, they've lost 11 of their last 14 and have blown a 5.5-game lead, that doesn't mean you fire your manager in a playoff race. Does it? He must have totally lost control of the clubhouse. What a desperate move.


Regardless of whether the Brewers make the playoffs or not, I would have axed Yost after the season. That said, to throw your team in to what is essentially disarray at this point of the season is a bizarre move. I don't know what the powers that be intended to do with this firing, as it is naive to think that professional athletes are going to "shake out" of some "funk" due to the manager being fired, especially considering their best pitcher is the poster boy for the "hired gun" role. I don't really think this will have any impact on whether the Brewers make the playoffs, and I think the Astros are paper tigers and the Phillies don't have enough pitching wise to keep it up, but it was still a very odd and seemingly desperate move to make and if the Brewers do end up missing the playoffs, the front office is going to look incredibly foolish.
Posted by cwmorgan at 9/15/2008 1:42:00 PM
The Brewers haven't made the playoffs since 1982. They went all in to go get Sabathia and things looked great for a few weeks. Now they have been caught and there is sheer panic. Don't agree with it, but I understand it.
Posted by kevbo1861 at 9/15/2008 2:18:00 PM
The brewers have lost 8 of their last 11 and have blown a huge cushion... Things could not be in worse shape. Good move I think...maybe this will bring back a dead team just before their time of death was officially announced
Posted by billgoofnow at 9/15/2008 3:10:00 PM
Strange indeed.

Gives me hope for my dream scenario regarding the Dodgers - that Ned Colletti is fired despite the team winning the World Series.
Posted by vtadave at 9/15/2008 4:13:00 PM
Maybe it was because he was still pitching Gagne?
Posted by nayfel at 9/15/2008 5:59:00 PM
Boy, the Wisconsin sports scene has had quite a ride the last 48 hours. The Badgers win a big game while Ohio State and Michigan lose. Aaron Rodgers looks like the Next Big Thing in Titletown. The Astros come to town as a "home team" and manage one hit in two games, and the Brewers dump their manager in the middle of a pennant race they're winning.
Posted by kennruby at 9/15/2008 6:07:00 PM

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