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Ned Yost
Catcher, Manager
Born: August 19, 1955 (1955-08-19) (age 54)
Eureka, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 12, 1980 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Batting average     .212
Home runs     16
Runs batted in     64
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Edgar Frederick "Ned" Yost III (born August 19, 1955, in Eureka, California) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and a former manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently an advisor for the Kansas City Royals baseball club.

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Biography

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Playing career

Yost, as a player, was used primarily as a backup catcher for the Brewers from 1980 to 1983 (which included the 1982 World Series), and then spent a year with the Texas Rangers (1984; he played a career-high 80 games with the Rangers, hitting .182) and played 5 games for the Montreal Expos (1985) before retiring.

He never had more than 242 at bats in a season. He ended his career with a .212 batting average, and .237 on base percentage, in 605 at bats. He had a .982 fielding percentage (the league average was .987).

Coaching career

Before managing the Brewers, Yost worked as a bullpen coach (1991–98) and third-base coach (1999–2002) under Bobby Cox in the Atlanta Braves organization for 12 seasons. Yost was hired by the Kansas City Royals in January 2010 to serve as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Managing career

On October 29, 2002, Yost was named the Brewers manager, succeeding Jerry Royster. National League manager Tony La Russa named Yost to be part of his coaching staff for the 2005 MLB All-Star Game.

Yost's tenure oversaw a revitalization of the Brewers franchise, leading them from losing records to championship contender. His teams were plagued by inconsistency, most notably sqandering a large lead in the division during the 2007 season and a significant advantage in the wild card race in 2008. Yost finished 7th in voting for Manager of the Year in 2007.

Yost was fired on September 15, 2008, after a two-week skid by the Brewers. Third-base coach Dale Sveum was named as his interim replacement and served until the end of the season, leading the Brewers to clinch the wild card spot on the last day of the season for their first trip to the postseason since 1982 when they made it to the World Series. They were eliminated by the Philadelphia Phillies in four games.

Trivia

Yost briefly enjoyed a second career as a taxidermist in Jackson, Mississippi in between his playing days and coaching days.[1]

While he wore #5 as a player with the Brewers, as a manager, he wore #3 as a tribute to his close friend, deceased NASCAR racer and baseball fan Dale Earnhardt.[2] He also occasionally was a guest of NASCAR team owner and former driver Richard Childress.

His son, Ned Yost IV, is a coach in the Brewers' farm system. He played first base for the Class-A Brevard County Manatees in 2007, his third season in the minors, hitting .248 with a .283 slugging percentage.[3]

Criticism

Yost's managing came under fire late in 2007.[4] During the 2007 season, the Brewers held a 8-1/2 game division lead over the Cubs by June 23 but failed to hold on to the advantage, finishing 2 games behind the Cubs. Yost's bullpen management, lineup strategies, and bench management were blamed. He also was thrown out of three games in the last week of the season, leading some reporters to question his ability to handle pressure.[5] General Manager Doug Melvin announced, however, that Yost would return for the 2008 season.

He was released as manager on September 15, 2008 after being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game series. The sweep resulted in the loss of a four game wild card lead. Yost was replaced by 3rd base coach Dale Sveum.[1]

Managerial records

Updated through September 15, 2008

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Milwaukee Brewers 2003 162 68 94 .420 6th in NL Central - - - -
2004 161 67 94 .416 6th in NL Central - - - -
2005 162 81 81 .500 3rd in NL Central - - - -
2006 162 75 87 .463 4th in NL Central - - - -
2007 162 83 79 .512 2nd in NL Central - - - -
2008 146 83 67 .553 Fired on September 15 - - - -
Total 959 457 502 .477

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See also

References

Preceded by
Jerry Royster
Milwaukee Brewers Manager
2003-2008
Succeeded by
Dale Sveum

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