Of course, the being tied part is the problem given the massive lead the Brewers enjoyed just two weeks ago. When players like Ryan Braun are calling things "a complete and total disaster," the handwriting is more than on the wall. GM Doug Melvin released a pithy statement:
"This was a very difficult move to make, and we appreciate all of the work that Ned has done to develop this team into a contender," Melvin said. "In the end, this was a collaborative decision made to put our Club in the best position for the final two weeks of the season."The interim manager will be third base coach Dale Sveum while bench coach Ted Simmons has been "reassigned." While I don't think that Yost is a great manager, this is an incredibly desperate move so late in the season. It's indicative that things must be pretty ugly in the Brewers' clubhouse for Melvin to think such a move is necessary and that it might have the intended effect of waking his club out of their funk. Whether or not it will work is to be seen but with the way things were going in Milwaukee, Melvin clearly felt like he had to do something to keep this season from going down the drain.
Quick update: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Tom Haudricort guesses that Melvin didn't have much to do with this and it came down from owner Mark Attanasio.