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Ned Yost – Mensch

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

By now you know that your pal Yogi has been critical of Derrick Turnbow’s performance at times, as well as that of Ned Yost.

But I have never criticized Derrick Turnbow or Ned Yost, the person.

I have never met Ned but have said “Hi” to Derrick a few times.

Bill Schroeder (Rock) has told me that most everyone who knows Derrick thinks that he’s a great young man and I have no reason to doubt that.

I am saying all of this because the insular and idiosyncratic world that is Yogi Brewer is not meant to be taken too seriously.

Tonight I am reminded of this after reading this from Tom Haudricourt at JSOnline.com:


As one might imagine from a guy who has been a punching bag for the fans for a long time, Turnbow was quite emotional after the game.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Turnbow. “It’s been a long time. I always hoped one day I’d get another chance to get back out there with another save opportunity. I wanted to see what it felt like again.

“There are a lot of emotions going through me right now. I’m both relieved and excited. A mix of everything. I couldn’t believe I got a save. I can’t really describe it.

Everybody who covers the team knows what a great guy Turnbow is. That’s what manager Ned Yost also was a bit emotional after the game, seeing something good finally happen for the big guy.

“He’s a wonderful, stand-up young man,” said Yost. “Yes, I feel at times people are too hard on him, for no reason.

“I have faith in him. As long as I have faith in him, he has nothing to worry about.”



Ned Yost, a real mensch.

I love this team.

Really, I do.



It’s Official! Ned Through 2009!

Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!

It’s official.

Ned Yost has been signed through 2009!


My take?

Good news.

The Brewers are very much still a "young team" that needs veteran leadership and consistency in message and methodology.



The team was in firs place for 121 days last year and save for a few blown leads they could have (some say should have) won the NL Central in 2007.

Now with Mike Cameron in center, Ryan Braun in left, and Bill Hall at 3rd, perhaps the team will be good enough defensively and with more consistent power in the outfield, enough to put them over the top.

Missing still is any  hope of power, average, or defense behind the plate, and with no clear or convincing closer, things may still get dicey.

But the very last thing this team needs is a skipper whose job is on the line every game.

Good for The Boss for making sure Ned has job security through this season.

I, for one, think Ned Yost is a very good manager and may be the right (or even best) man for this team at this time.

Just sayin’.