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Wednesday, October 16
Updated: October 17, 1:11 PM ET
Yost: This is the job I would like

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Ned Yost interviewed for the Milwaukee Brewers' managerial job Wednesday, hoping to return to the team he helped win the 1982 AL pennant.

Yost met with general manager Doug Melvin, and afterward he said, "This is it for me. This is the job I would like. This is the job that means most to me. I feel a personal connection to this organization.''

Yost is the Atlanta Braves' third-base coach, a position he said 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. "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.''

The Brewers fired Jerry Royster on Oct. 2; Royster had taken over for Davey Lopes, who was let go after a 3-12 start.

Arizona coach Bob Melvin, Yankees coach Willie Randolph and Brewers coach Cecil Cooper have made their pitch, and the team plans to interview Oakland bench coach Ken Macha on Thursday.

Another candidate believed to be in the early running was Jerry Narron, whom the Texas Rangers fired as their manager, but Melvin said Wednesday night that Narron isn't scheduled for an interview.

Yost was a backup catcher in Milwaukee from 1980-83. His only home run during the pennant-winning 1982 season came against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and it gave the Brewers a three-game lead in the division with four to play. Yost jokingly called the moment his "only claim to fame in baseball.''

Yost said he would love a chance to turn around the Brewers, who haven't been back to the playoffs since losing the '82 World Series to St. Louis. Milwaukee lost a franchise-high 106 games this season.

"I'm not interested in any other job,'' Yost said. "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.''

After managing in the Braves' minor league system for three seasons, Yost became manager Bobby Cox's bullpen coach in 1991. He became third-base coach eight years later.

Melvin had hoped to have a manager in place before the World Series but said he now doubts that will happen. Teams cannot make managerial announcements during the World Series.

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