“Obviously this person’s a hazard. Stupid people are dangerous.” –Suzanne Collins
If you need a reminder of why the Milwaukee Brewers fired Ned Yost in the middle of a pennant race, here’s one: Ned Yost is a very negligent manager without a clue of what is going on around him. This is a clip of what Doug Melvin had to say about his decision to fire Ned Yost back in 2008:
“Yost didn’t have all the answers for was is going on the last two weeks.”
What may seem like an easy solution to a problem that is dragging the team down in the minds of many, seems like a daunting task in the mind of Ned Yost. I’m not sure if it’s oblivion, or stupidity. Either way, neither is acceptable, and something needs to change.
Since the All-Star Break, Omar Infante is hitting just .220/.249/.288 with each number in that line more depressing than the rest. To any baseball literate individual, these are clearly not the numbers of a number two hitter, so why is Yost keeping Infante in such a prominent role in the lineup, especially while nursing a sore arm? Surely Ned can’t honestly believe that he deserves such an honor…. Surely he can’t. Omar’s numbers while batting lower in the lineup are .281/.286/.353. Maybe a simple solution would be to point Ned toward a stat sheet.
Yet another case of Ned not looking at a stat sheet would be with Billy Butler. While it seems absurd to think that a pudgy, average first baseman should be playing the field over a Gold Glove first baseman might seem a little bit absurd, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the correct solution here: Put Billy Butler back at first base. As a first baseman, Butler is hitting .290/.350/.466 with five home runs in 131 at-bats. In 370 at-bats as a designated-hitter, Billy has seen a significant decrease in numbers with an anemic line of .254/.302/.330 with only three home runs. At the current moment, Billy Butler would be an upgrade over Eric Hosmer, who has committed four errors since his return from the disabled list.
Right now, there is a serious case of under-managing going on. About a month ago, quite the opposite was true. In fact, many of us thought Yost was over-managing players, or maybe just an in general inconsistency that made it feel like over-managing. It was one day of letting Danny Duffy throw only 79 pitches, and the next letting Yordano Ventura throw over 100 pitches that really left the fans baffled. At first, I thought that he was trying to save Duffy’s arm for the playoffs, but I also thought that he would do the same with Ventura. One thing is for sure: Ned Yost never fails to confuse me, but that isn’t exactly a good thing.
I wish I had answers. I wish I could sit here and tell you why it is Ned Yost is doing what he’s doing, but I can’t, nobody can. I wish I had answers for why this team is folding under the pressure. Most of all, I wish I had answers for why people born after October of 1985 have never witnessed a Royals playoff appearance. I wish I had answers to all of these questions, but I don’t. I just don’t know about this team anymore. I do know this though: We’ve made it through twenty-nine years of stupidity, and we can handle twenty-nine more.