Yost still a bit defiant about sudden Brewers end

yost480.jpgFormer Brewers manager Ned Yost has had 13 months to mull what went wrong in Milwaukee, and he broke a long period of relative silence Thursday after interviewing to be the next skipper of the Houston Astros. 

Here’s what Yost learned from the sudden end to his Brewers tenure: 

“Don’t lose 10 out of 13 games is the best thing I can figure,” he told reporters in Houston, “and hope your offense stays on track so you don’t struggle to score runs.” 

The Brewers failed on both fronts during Yost’s last two weeks as Brewers manager in 2008, and a four-game Phillies sweep that left Philadelphia and Milwaukee tied atop the National League Wild Card standings was the last straw. Yost was dismissed with 12 regular-season games to play.

Now, after a year spent at home near Atlanta, Yost is looking to get back into baseball. He is among 10 candidates already identified by the Astros, who are searching for a replacement for the departed Cecil Cooper. 

Like the Brewers did back in Fall 2002, when Yost got his first big league managerial job after 12 years on Atlanta’s coaching staff, the Astros are conducting their search in public. Yost interviewed with Astros officials at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, then met with reporters. 

“It’s six years of experiences that you learn [from],” Yost said of his Milwaukee managerial tenure, “and I think more than anything else the ability to sit at home for the first time in 35 years like I did this summer to review where you’ve been and where you’ve gone and think of all the aspects of your leadership and where you can become better was really, really beneficial for me. There’s a lot of areas where I think I can get better. It was beneficial to sit and take account of all those.” 

Yost is one of the most experienced of Houston’s candidates. He stressed that in his media session.

“I don’t think there’s any substitute for experience,” Yost said. “I think I learned a ton of great lessons being 12 years with Bobby Cox, and I learned a ton of great lessons the last six years with the Milwaukee Brewers. I think that it only helps.” 

Yost has remained mostly out of the spotlight since his Brewers dismissal. He graciously agreed to take part in a conference call with Milwaukee reporters the next day but then dropped off the grid except for one brief newspaper interview during one of the Brewers’ road series against the Braves. He drew a salary from the Brewers all summer and made one trip to Milwaukee to return a leased car, but did so while the team was on the road and did not visit with any club officials. 

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