YOST JOB WATCH BEGINS IN EARNEST
BRAUN'S COMMENTS MOST TELLING
If Ned Yost gets whacked in the near future, it won't be because of his batting order, pitching changes, or guys he did or did not push to have on the roster.
If Yost looses his job soon, and he may as unrest in Brewer Nation grows, it will be because of the things Ryan Braun said after losing 3 times in 24 hours this weekend.
Below is a link to the entire story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. The gist of it was, Braun says the team doesn't carry itself like a winner, and he's not happy about it. Braun is quoted in the article, "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"
Now that's an indictment of management. Period.
There are a lot of things we fans complain about, but perhaps don't fully understand. Why is Yost batting this guy here instead of here? Why did he choose this reliever instead of that one? We all think we know better from time to time, but even I recognize Ned probably knows baseball better than me.
There are a lot of things that aren't Ned's fault. He can't swing the bat for Bill hall who's hitting under .200. He can't swing the bat for Rickie Weeks who's hitting worse than that, or Cameron or any of our underachieving hitters. He can't pitch for Dave Busch, or Eric Gagne. He can't catch routine throws to first for Prince Fielder.
Here's something, however, that a manager cannot excuse. If your players don't believe they can win, that's a problem, and that's your fault. The manager is responsible for establishing the mindset of his club. If the team's best player says the guys got no faith, then that's it. Case closed.
The Brewers just agreed to pay Ryan Braun a lot more money for many years more than they've got Ned Yost locked in for. Braun's in charge now, and he's offered a not-so-subtle slam on the mindset of this ball club, upon which there were such great expectations.
We're in last place in the NL Central. Last place.