We’ve got a couple moves in the “rash but probably deserved firing” department: Ned Yost is out as the Brewers’ manager, while Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is reportedly in the final throes of employment for Al Davis.
Yost guided Milwaukee to the brink of the postseason, but a 3-11 start to the month of September eroded the team’s 5½-game lead in the NL wild card race, and ownership apparently prefers the team’s chances with third-base coach Dale Sveum finishing the year in charge. My take: people named Ned are 700% more likely to be fired than non-Neds.
As for Kiffin, his troubles with the team are well-documented. Over the off-season, he refused to resign, while Davis didn’t want to fire him because he’d have to continue paying Kiffin. With Kiffin’s public statements last week about how he doesn’t control the defense, Davis’s mind was made up, according to Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will take over the team, immediately returning some much-needed “white trash chic” to the team.