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Fire Ned Yost

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When I first started learning computer programming, I read a chapter on software testing.  It used a metaphor of figuring out how long you could leave a soda can in the freezer before it exploded.  Of course, if you have to work by trial and error, it's well-nigh impossible to pinpoint the exact amount of time without having a few explode on you.  But that should only happen two or three times, after which you'll have a nearly perfect estimate.

If Ned Yost tried that experiment, his freezer would be ruined in a matter of days, and he wouldn't understand where all of his soda went.  Probably because, back in the old days, soda didn't explode when you left it in the freezer for too long.

Between leaving Tomo Ohka in for an inning after he was done, and letting Brian Shouse (remember, left-handed specialist) fight through the heart of the order--remember, Francisco Cordero hadn't pitched for a week--last night was just another reminder that Yost can't manage a pitching staff.  When you combine the effect of his slow hook and his reliance on Geoff Jenkins, Yost has had a more negative effect on this team than anything I've ever seen before.

I feel like I've been a broken record about some of this stuff, so I'll let you guys run with this if you'd like.  In the meantime, a few notes: