|Tuesday, October 29
Updated: October 30, 2:42 PM ET
Brewers to name Yost as Royster's replacement
''This is needless to say a very special day in my life,'' Yost said during a news conference at Miller Park. ''To be able to come back here ... it's just like being a 4-year-old at Christmas time.''
Yost agreed to a two-year contract that includes a club option for 2005.
''Ned showed great determination for this opportunity,'' general manager Doug Melvin said. ''He has enthusiasm for the organization and brings a great desire to help us to return to winning baseball.''
Yost will replace the Jerry Royster, who was fired after the Brewers finished with a franchise-worst 56-106 record this season.
Royster replaced Davey Lopes in April.
Oakland bench coach Ken Macha turned down an offer from the Brewers last week. The A's will introduce Macha as their new manager Tuesday.
Yost interviewed for a major league managerial job for the first time with the Brewers.
The 47-year-old Yost has been the Braves' third-base coach the last four seasons, a position he believes has groomed him to become a manager.
''I'm not sure I was ready four years ago because I'd never been tested,'' Yost said after interviewing with the Brewers earlier this month.
''I'd never been in situations that were pressure situations. But when you become a third-base coach for a championship-caliber team, it's almost like you become a player. Your decisions have direct impact on a game, and you better make them correctly and you better make them quickly,'' he said.
Yost was a backup catcher on the 1982 Milwaukee team that won the AL pennant. He said he would love a chance to try to turn around the Brewers, who haven't been to the playoffs since losing to St. Louis in the '82 World Series.
''I'm not interested in any other job,'' Yost said after his interview. ''I want to see this organization flourish again because I know how wonderful it is in this town when they can (win), and when they do. That's what gets me excited.''
Yost batted .212 with 16 career homers over six major league seasons. His only experience as a manager was with Atlanta's Class-A affiliate from 1988-90.