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Knee-jerk reaction is strange 'Brew'

September 17, 2008 - Neil Rudel

For a while now, the Pirates have been compared with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Small market, have to develop from within. You've heard it all before, too often, I'm sure.

Given the lack of a salary cap in major league baseball, which creates a system that favors the larger-market teams, Milwaukee's rise has been extremely impressive.

Now-former manager Ned Yost has to get some credit for that. And even though Dale Sveum, former manager of the Curve and an excellent baseball man, gets a break through the decision to can Yost, this is hard to fathom.

John Mehno points out in a column today that Yost's intensity and tightness had a tendency to wear out the team, one reason why Ted Simmons was hired as the Brewers' bench coach this year.

Still, Yost helped get the Brewers to 24 games over .500 at one point and were it not for Tampa Bay, Milwaukee may be the THE story in Major League Baseball this year.

It's hard to imagine this kind of knee-jerk reaction at the height of the pennant race being effective.

Look at it this way: If the Pirates could somehow put together the kind of season the Brewers have had -- let me dream, OK -- can you imagine John Russell or any manager in the saddle getting jerked on September 15?

I'm rooting for Sveum but not Brewers' management.

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