The Houston Astros fired manager Phil Garner today and replaced him with former Brewers first baseman Cecil Cooper. What may have been the right move for the Astros, who are 15 games under .500, could be a blessing in disguise for the Brewers.
Now seems like a great time for general manager Doug Melvin to axe Ned Yost and replace him with "Scrap Iron."
Maybe, just maybe, the man who almost led the Brewers to their last playoff appearance in 1992 could be the same guy to coax this year's team to the post season.
Let's let Phil Garner finish what he started.
"Baseball people" are probably gonna call for my head after reading this, but I've been quietly advocating for some time that the Brewers part ways with Yost. I understand that conventional wisdom says you can't fire the manager of a team that is 1 1/2 games out of the division lead. But the Brewers have fallen back to Earth, and people need to start questioning why. Since you can't fire the players, you have to look at the skipper during the team's downward spiral.
In Sunday's loss to the Giants, Yost did what he's been doing all season long: leaving pitchers in to blow games. Dave Bush, who pitched five good innings, struggled in the sixth. Even the TV announcers seemed puzzled when Yost left Bush in for the seventh, since the right-hander has rarely been reliable late in games. And just like clockwork, he gave up a game-tying homer, which is when the wheels started to fall off.
How many other times have you found yourself questioning Yost's decisions? Like that awful game against the Phillies, when the Brewers entered the ninth inning with a 6-1 lead. I was there, and I knew the moment Yost brought in poor Matt Wise, that the game was over. Wise, who had recently plunked an opposing batter in the head, was shell-shocked. He couldn't hit the broad side of the barn. But Yost left him in to give up a pair. He then turned to his overworked closer, Francisco Cordero ... a…Read more...