Blogger: Yost To Be Fired
By By Jay Sorgi
Next game: Tuesday, May 19 at Pittsburgh
Someone named the BadgerBlogger has posted an unconfirmed report saying that the Brewers will be removing manager Ned Yost from his position today, and will replace him with bench coach and former Brewers catcher Ted Simmons on an interim basis.
The report claims that sources close to the Brewers organization gave BadgerBlogger, more known as a political and news blogger, the information.
The posting comes on the heels of the defending world champion Boston Red Sox sweeping the Brewers in a three-game interleague series in Boston.
After the final loss, an 11-7 defeat on Sunday, Ryan Braun, who signed an eight-year, $45,000,000 contract Thursday, stated that he felt like the team didn't expect to win at Fenway.
"I almost felt like this series, we didn't expect to win," Braun told Journal Sentinel writer Tom Haudricourt, a regular on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Brewers 360'.
"We were competing. I know everybody tried hard. But it's not about trying hard. You've got to expect to win. I almost feel like we never really expected to win any of these games. I just kind of had that feeling."
After Newsradio 620 WTMJ informed Haudricourt of the blog rumor, he posted his own blog, saying the he didn't know if the BadgerBlogger posting had any legitimacy, especially considering that former Brewer Dale Sveum would be the more likely candidate to replace Yost if a firing happened.
Haudricourt reports that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin did attend the three-game series in Boston.
The last time a Brewers team thought to have playoff-level talent had a managerial change ironically had both Simmons and Yost on the roster: the 1982 Brewers.
Buck Rodgers skippered the team to a 23-24 record at the tart of the season. The Brewers replaced him with Harvey Kuenn, who went 62-43 in the remainder of the year to bring the Brewers an AL East championship and a World Series appearance.