Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MikeHunt Is Afraid To Commit.

Sheets' Bajingo noted this before, but MikeHunt has a column in today's JS about King Ned. And SVJJ was right, it's not that bad, by MikeHunt's standards.

But if you were hoping that MikeHunt would give you an opinion on whether King Ned should be shown the door, you came to the wrong column:

DECISION ON YOST NOT AN EASY TASK

For who? A mediocre-to-awful columnist for an insignificant newspaper whose opinion matters to no one? Don't fry the noodle on this one, MikeHunt. It's not that hard.

Those who are still surprised to learn that the Bradley Center is one of the NBA’s oldest arenas might be unaware of this other passage-of-time detail:

If you have been to an NBA arena other than the Bradley Center in the last five years, there is no way that you can be surprised to learn that the Bradley Center is one of the oldest facilities in the league. Of course, if you live in Milwaukee and have been to an NBA arena other than the Bradley Center in the last five years, you probably play for the Bucks, because I can count the number of NBA fans in this town on my dick. Anyway, what were we talking about?

Only three National League managers have been with their current teams longer than Ned Yost has skippered the Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta’s Bobby Cox and St. Louis’ Tony La Russa have won the World Series. Clint Hurdle was there last season with Colorado.

Actually, MikeHunt, I am painfully aware of this fact. In fact, my pat response whenever someone tells me that King Ned needs a longer look is: "HE'S ALREADY HAD SIX FUCKING YEARS!", followed by a scissor-kick to the solar plexus.

That’s not exactly a fair comparison, considering the mess Yost inherited in 2003. Then again, it wasn’t fair the way the New York Mets strung along Willie Randolph. There is nothing inherently fair about the profession Yost chose. There are certain implied risks that come with the job.

There's nothing fair about the profession Yost chose? If you win, you keep your job. If you don't, you lose your job. I dunno, that sounds about right to me. And there's nothing "implied" about the risks that come with the job -- again, if your team doesn't win, you will no longer be employed. Everyone knows this. I think that's probably included in the language in the contract King Ned signed.

Should Lightning Rod Ned stay or go? Is he aiding or impeding the progress of this still-in-development team? And why does Yost’s job security remain as much a hot-button issue as the economy on squawk radio?

You answered the second question with the first -- the reason it's debated is because people are trying to figure out whether he's helping or hindering the team -- but let me supply another reason. Because it's June. In Wisconsin. The Bucks have been done playing for two months. The Packers don't start camp for another month. And yet, for some reason, we still have two round-the-clock, all-sports-talk radio stations. What do you want them to talk about? Todd Day's high-top fade? Brent Fullwood's career highlights?

Bottom line, Yost is a good baseball man. That hasn’t changed in five-plus seasons.

Hmm. Interesting. I don't think most people agree with that assessment, but I'm sure you've accumulated a wealth of evidence to support your point. So, do share.

He makes mistakes as he did on June 6 in Denver with Guillermo Mota. He can be inflexible, dogmatic, loath to admit his mistakes and occasionally condescending to those who aren’t familiar with every nuance of a complex game. Then again, we have just described the characteristics of virtually every man who has managed at the big-league level.

Oh, I see what you're doing. You're setting me up. You're going to list his negatives first, then hit me with the evidence that he's a good baseball man. You fooled me. You got me good, you fucker. Alright, hit me with it. "Ned Yost is a good baseball man because..."

For those who know the game, Yost has never lost command of those nuances. Some believe he was better suited to managing a developing club than a contending team, but who’s to say the Brewers are legitimate contenders?

Are you still setting me up? Is the evidence coming in the next paragraph? I'm confused now.

The question of whether Yost remains fit to manage the Brewers doesn’t rise to the level of the devastating Yovani Gallardo injury. Or the fact that Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy are hurt again. Or that some players might have had career years last season, not to be repeated. Or that some, with the notable exception of presumptive all-star Ryan Braun, are underachieving.

Heyyyy. I'm starting to think that you weren't setting me up. You just listed a bunch of things that King Ned has no control over without mentioning the stuff he can control, like managing his bullpen and pinch hitting and giving his position players days off and making sure his players know when the squeeze play is on.

Well, even if there's no evidence, at least I know what your position is: you think King Ned should not be fired because a lot of guys are banged up this year, and because J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder had career years last year.

That is not to exonerate Yost, who is paid to put players in a position to achieve.

Wait...so you do think he should be fired?

Yost can manage. Still, he might eventually be reminded of what Randolph experienced: It’s always the manager’s fault, even when it’s not.

But...but...is it his fault or isn't it? Somebody make the bad man take a position!

1 comment:

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

When Mike Hunt doesn't take a position it is frustrating. That makes every single article he writes frustrating (except for when he hates on Marquette). Why can he hate on MU and take a position but he can't with anyone else.

What a pile of douche.