So far, the sentiment out there is almost unanimous. Good move firing Ned Yost. And I agree. But why isn't anyone taking Doug Melvin to task too?
If Ned Yost was the wrong guy for this team -- if his serial blunders, failure to motivate, and curious-at-best tactical decisions are responsible for this collapse -- why wasn't he terminated long ago? Anyone who follows the Brewers knows that Yost's deficiencies in this regard have long been apparent. Remember the dustup when a guy named Badger Blogger reported that Yost was going to be fired back in May? The only reason that got any attention was because folks thought that Yost's firing was eminently plausible.
Yes, Melvin should be credited if this little bit of shock treatment works and the Brewers make the playoffs. However, if they don't, should he not be blamed for either (a) failing to realize that Ned Yost was a liability until way too late or (b) realizing it a long time ago, yet gambling that it wouldn't ultimately bite them?