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Tuesday, October 29
Updated: October 30, 2:42 PM ET
 
Brewers to name Yost as Royster's replacement

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Atlanta Braves coach Ned Yost was hired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, returning to the team where he was a backup catcher in the 1980s.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Ned Yost is a solid baseball guy with a Braves' pedigree, but no new manager can be a miracle worker. This is especially true in places like Milwaukee, Detroit and Tampa Bay. No manager, alive or dead, can take a team with no talent and make it successful.

The Brewers need to rebuild their farm system. Brewers GM Doug Melvin believes in development, but the ownership needs to provide him with the financial resources for it. The model for such an approach is Atlanta, Yost's former team.

Back in 1986, Bobby Cox took over as GM of the struggling Braves (he became the manager later). Cox convinced owner Ted Turner that the only way to rebuild was to spend more money on scouting and development. It took time for Cox's philosophy to pay off. Atlanta finished last from 1986-90. But in 1991 the Braves began an incredible run that still hasn't ended.

Hopefully for Yost's sake, he and Melvin can convince the Brewers' ownership to invest in scouting and development and a strong minor-league system.

''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.

Melvin's other candidates included Brewers bench coach Cecil Cooper, Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Bob Melvin (no relation) and New York Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph.

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.




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