With the end of the Ned Yost era, Chuckie Hacks takes a look back at their time together.
We thought we'd do the same, since we won't have Ned to kick around any more:
September 26, 2007 - Ned orders Seth McClung to throw at Albert Pujols. In the midst of a pennant race. With the Brewers within striking distance of the Cardinals in the game - and the Cubs in the standings. Ned's foresight opens the floodgates and the Brewers lose. The game. And the season. At least he had his honor. Brewers fans largely approve.
October 4, 2007 - The Brewers decide to keep Ned on board, locking up the 2008 NL Central title for the Cubs. Brewers fans seem to disapprove
November 4, 2007 - Ned Yost is ranked last (tied with Dusty Baker) in the inaugural WV23 NL Central managerial power rankings - behind the new guy in Pittsburgh and the Astros manager, since identified to be Cecil Cooper.
January 14, 2008 - In the offseason, the Brewers acquire three players who have been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs - apparently to prepare for the series against the Cardinals.
February 9, 2008 - It is reported that the Brewers "forgot" to announce that they had picked up Ned's option for the 2009 season. Replace "forgot to announce" with "are ashamed to admit" and I think we're on to something. Amazingly, I correctly suggest in the comments Ned will not survive the end of the contract.
March 4, 2008 - Ned sets an English-speaking record by using the phrase "team to beat" five times in a single 56-word answer on who the team to beat was in the National League Central. It turns out the Brewers were not the team to beat. Or, if they were, they were beaten. In the comments, Anonymous predicts Ned would be gone by July. Close
May 1, 2008 - Ned says he can't trust Derrick Turnbow to pitch in close games - only to find he can't trust him in blowouts, either.
May 5, 2008 - WV23 calls on the Brewers to "Fire Ned Yost Now," in light of Ned leaving ace-in-training Yovanni Gallardo in the game to pitch on a mangled leg after a nasty collision at first base. Brewers fans defend Ned, saying he couldn't have known he was hurt.
July 28, 2008 - When asked if struggling Rickie Weeks tries to press, Ned responds, "No, he does not press. He just tries to be too quick." Ah.
July 31, 2008 - On the back end of a four-game sweep by the Cubs, Ned sends Eric Gagne in to plunk Jim Edmonds. Gagne failed, throwing the ball three feet behind Edmonds' ass, after a couple of pitches inside.
August 5, 2008 - The unraveling continues as Prince Fielder push/slaps Matt Parra in the dugout. Ned doesn't mind, saying he doesn't want "cookie-cutter players."
August 18, 2008 - Ned sends CC Sabathia back out to pitch the ninth inning of a 9-2 game, even though CC had already pitched 110 innings. Ned defends himself, essentially saying he's making CC a lot of money for his new contract with this new team.
August 21, 2008 - Chuckie Hacks reports that Ned has used the same batting order in 39 of the last 40 games. Not batting order of players - but by position (2B, SS, LF, 1B, RF, 3B, CF, C, P). No matter who is playing that position.
August 31, 2008 - Ned gets out the video editing equipment to send a DVD to New York in an attempt to get MLB to overrule an error on CC Sabathia so he can be given a no-hitter. The Brewers promptly go into a tailspin. Not that they're related or anything
September 15, 2008 - Ned is fired. With two weeks to play.
Labels: Milwaukee Brewers, Ned Yost