How in the world did we miss this?
Former Brewers manager Ned Yost ... was hired during the off-season as a special assistant to Royals GM Dayton Moore and spends time scouting as well as instructing. "I'm getting to see both sides of the game," said Yost. "It's a lot of fun."
This, of course, gives us an opportunity to revisit Ned Yost's greatest hits, including:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
It really is hard to believe he hasn't gotten another managerial job.