From Redskin Park to Nationals Park, everyone was talking Monday about the firing of Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost while the team is still in the wild card race, tied with the Phillies when he was let go.
It was a stunning move, but the Brewers are desperate to make the playoffs this season, because they will not likely be able to sign either CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets this off season. They figure this is their best shot, and it was slipping away. Yost had spent 12 seasons in the Braves organization as bullpen and third base coach, from 1991 to 2002, and was considered by many to be the heir pparent to Bobby Cox there. Don’t be surprised if he resurfaces in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, at the Nationals Mausoleum Monday night, a sparse crowd of 21,759 was on hand to watch John Lannan pitch a masterful game, allowing just one hit over seven innings, beating the New York Mets 7-2. Lannan is one of the keepers, and along with Collin Ballester and perhaps Tim Redding will be the three set spots in the rotation next year.
It is truly a shame that the first year at Nationals Park will end with such a whimper. Think about what the crowds will be for the final three home games next week against the Florida Marlins. They’ll be all sorts of giveaways, but the biggest giveaway is this inaugural season at the ballpark. The Lerner family simply gave it away.