Yost to interview today in Houston

yost.jpgFormer Brewers manager Ned Yost and former Brewers player Randy Ready will interview for Houston’s vacant managerial post today and then will meet with the media as part of the team’s open search.

Yost’s interview, in fact, was scheduled to begin just as I write this at 10 a.m. CT.

My colleague Brian McTaggart spoke to Yost earlier this week, and here’s part of that story:

Yost went 457-502 in six years as manager of the Brewers and was let go with about two weeks left in the 2008 season, a year in which Milwaukee clinched the NL Wild Card on the season’s final day. Yost worked as a bullpen coach (1991-98) and third-base coach (1999-2002) under Bobby Cox in the Braves organization for 12 years.

“I think there’s a lot of plusses that make [the Astros job] attractive to me,” Yost said. “I’m very fond of the city, very fond of the ballpark. You look at their team, and I think they’re just a player or two away from being a really, really good club again. There are a lot of things I can bring to the table that I can use to help make the organization better.”

One thing that struck me on the field as the Brewers celebrated their 2008 Wild Card clinch was how many people gave thanks to Yost. Interim manager (and now hitting coach) Dale Sveum was among them, and so was general manager Doug Melvin, who spoke again about Yost’s role in the team’s building process earlier this year:

“He’s a good man,” Melvin said. “I don’t want people to forget that we don’t win last year without Ned Yost. He put us in that position as the manager … and whenever we talk about last season and going to the postseason, I don’t want fans to forget what Ned Yost did to contribute to this organization. He allowed our young players to play. I remember him making the statement to me, ‘I’ll put losses on my back today for wins in the future for the Brewers.’ He did that.”

The Brewers figure to have more turnover this offseason than they did last year, but they will still return in 2010 with much of their core intact. If Yost gets the Astros job, do you think would that give him any kind of strategic advantage in his 15 matchups with Milwaukee next season?

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In those 15 game? Advantage: Brewers.

Yost behind the wheel in Houston would probably help cancel out self-imposed handicaps like Macha’s mind-bending Kendall Leads Off Gambit.

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