Today the Milwaukee Brewers fired Manager Ned Yost after the Brewers have suffered through a 3-11 beginning of September. In the past two weeks, the Brewers have seen their 5 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card race disappear. They are now tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for the lead.
In a move to stop the bleeding in any way and make a push for the playoffs, the Brewers front office made the dramatic move to fire Yost with just 12 games remaining.
Here is the statement released by the Brewers:
"Brewers Press Release
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee
Brewers today announced that Ned Yost has been dismissed from his
position as manager of the Club. The announcement was made by Brewers
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Melvin.
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," Melvin said.
"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."
Sveum, the Brewers third base coach, will take over in an interim role
as manager for the remainder of the season. Bench Coach Ted Simmons has
been reassigned to an advisory role. Any other coaching changes will be
The Brewers are holding a press conference at
6:30 p.m. at the Westin in Chicago, where the team is spending an off
day before opening a series Tuesday night against the Cubs."
Having now dismissed the head of their team with just 12 games left, the Brewers have put all their cards on the table. But is this move coming to late or to early? The Brewers have slumped once this year beginning in May with a road trip starting in Boston, but they recovered. Was this a good move by the Brewers? Should they have waited until the season was over? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain.
When the Brewers take the field tomorrow in Chicago, the atmosphere will be drastically different.