Fired Yost says he has no regrets managing Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) âÄî Once he finished packing, Ned Yost figured he’d begin the long drive back home to Georgia. He might even tune into a ballgame. âÄúI’ve got XM Radio, so I’ll be able to listen to the Brewers pitch-by-pitch and be rooting Dale on in his first win,âÄù Yost said. A day after being abruptly fired as Milwaukee’s manager and replaced by third-base coach Dale Sveum, Yost insisted Tuesday he had no hard feelings toward the team that let him go with 12 games left, while tied for the NL wild card spot. âÄúIf anybody thinks that I’ve got sour grapes or I don’t want this club to succeed, they’re crazy. I’ll be rooting them on every inch of the way and I hope they can win that wild card and go deep, deep into the playoffs and win the World Series,âÄù he said. Sveum starts out Tuesday night with the opener of a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Cubs at Wrigley Field. Yost intended to be in charge when he flew into Chicago on Monday. Instead, he’s got a new plan: taking wife Debbie out to dinner for their 31st wedding anniversary Wednesday night. Yost said he had no idea he was about to be fired when he went into general manager Doug Melvin’s room in the team hotel in Chicago and saw principal owner Mark Attanasio. âÄúWhen I walked in, I hadn’t even sat down on the couch and Doug said we were going to make a change,âÄù Yost said. âÄúThey didn’t ask me any questions, what did I think we needed to do,âÄù Yost said. âÄúThere was none of that.âÄù That contradicted what Attanasio and Melvin said Monday at a hastily-called news conference about four hours after the move was announced. The two said they had asked Yost for answers for the team’s recent woes âÄî including a 3-11 stretch in September and a four-game sweep in Philadelphia âÄî before the firing. The slide left the Brewers, trying for their first playoff spot since 1982, tied with the Phillies for the wild card. Yost, known for never criticizing his players, said it didn’t matter whether the final decision to replace him was made by Attanasio, the eager owner who talks to his front office daily, or Melvin, who hand-picked Yost six years ago. âÄúI don’t agree with the decision, but I respect Doug Melvin’s decision,âÄù Yost said. âÄúThat’s what I ask my players to do. If I make a decision, I don’t ask you to agree with it all the time. I just ask you to respect it.âÄù The firing was unprecedented in baseball history, coming so close to the end of a full season with a team in playoff position. The Brewers, who slumped late last year, came into September with a 5 1/2-game lead in the wild-card race before a September swoon. âÄúWe have not played good for the last two weeks, that’s well-documented and I, being the head of the club, must take responsibility for that,âÄù Yost said. âÄúThey felt my responsibility was to step down and let somebody else take over.âÄù