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Admittedly, I have a problem, and that’s beyond the idea that I spend my time reading baseball garbage day in and day out.

Ned Yost is on a mission. He would like to be the National League’s version of Ozzie Guillen, and so far, so good. Kind of. How about this gem of a conversation between reporter and manager:

What did the manager think of his offense?

“I thought our bullpen was awesome,” Yost said after Saturday’s loss.

No, Yost, the offense.

“I heard the question,” Yost said.

This is not out of context. Verbally, Yost is the antithesis of Guillen in that respect. When asked questions about his roster, Yost has enlightened the world with straight-forward, gutsy nothing.

Such as:

“Pitch counts have gotten into everybody’s brain. Guys make so much money now. You want to protect your investment. You don’t want to abuse your pitchers.”

That is a wonderfully fantastic quote for many reasons.

1. We are not in the 1970’s. We are also not in the 1960’s. Did I mention that we have also progressed past the 1980’s, and, BY GOD, we are freaking 8 years removed from the 90’s! Holy crap, Ned Yost, how things have changed. Like managers caring about pitch counts (which has been going on for how long?

2. Major League baseball players make a lot of money. It’s been that way since, um, Babe Ruth. I’m telling the truth, Ned. Baseball likes money because it is a business that generates revenue. Get it? Awesome.

3. If you can find a manager who would rather have Mark Prior and Kerry Wood than, say, healthy young pitchers whose arms have been preserved, show them to me (Dusty does not count). Oh yeah, Ned, you’ve done a fine job with Sheets and Capuano. Keep on throwing them out there. I wish I could blame Gallardo’s injury on you, but lo, Reed Johnson took that pleasure away.

Yost, if you want to stick around in any capacity, I would say learn how to read your pitchers. Let’s say that Carlos Villanueva is struggling through the sixth inning, barely scraping by and allowing two runs to score. Why would you then trot him out if you have a multi-million-dollar-revamped bullpen to go to? Torres, Mota, Shouse, Riske, hell, bring up Jeff Weaver for long relief. Why do you not understand baseball’s simplest philosophy?

If a pitcher is throwing terribly, take him out of the game. It’s pretty simple. Also, sitting back and waiting for your hitter’s to start hitting is not managing. It’s boredom. Unless you’re meditating to reach a new state of Yost-consciousness, or whittling figurines of Tony La Russa, what’s the point?

Recently, Yost has publicly supported Gagne until Gagne himself told Yost what to do. Also, given millions upon bajillions of opportunities to let his team have it and create a spark, Ryan Braun took care of business for him by swearing profusely at the lack of offensive production.


What is Yost’s role? He seems more a terrible PR guy than anthing else. This team should be KILLING in the Central division but their pitching, defense, and general strategy is awful. Also, depending on Bill Hall’s near-Mendoza bat and homerun-every-other-week approach will not help your offense.

Granted, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart will start swinging the bats better and the team will see its share of wins, but mentally this team will suffer. How many times can you trot Dave Bush out to the mound without praying to Yahweh that the game is rained out?

Grady Little could manage this team more effectively. There, I said it. I leave you with this pathetic, couldn’t-paint-the-freaking-picture-better quote:

“Now that [Gallardo] is gone, we’re going to need a little extra offense,” Yost said. “But you have to let it happen. There’s no way to make it happen.”


Never mind. Back to your whittling.

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