At least Ned Yost is off the hot seat, albeit one that he helped warm up considerably. However, Dale Sveum gets to see how it feels during the next 12 games.
And if Milwaukee doesn't find a way to overcome the odds and squeeze into the postseason some way, somehow, then many of the current players will join Yost on the unemployment line, at least temporarily, and deservedly so.
As Sveum and general manager Doug Melvin said as much during Monday night's press conference from a Chicago hotel, the onus is squarely on the players, and they obviously don't have time or room for error starting Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Melvin said this: "We want to get (the players) motivated to go out and win this thing. I can't say there was one deciding factor. We're not hitting and you always look bad when you're not hitting. We just don't want to lose the season. We'll see if Dale can take these last 12 games and get these guys to perform the way they should be."
To Sveum's credit, he believes that the guys he now manages will be playing in October because he said at least twice that he's approaching the task as if he'll be managing the next six weeks, not only the next two.
And to that end, Sveum is bringing Hall of Famer and best friend Robin Yount back as bench coach—a spot he held two seasons ago--while Garth Iorg will take over in a third base coaching box that hasn't been busy since August.
Sveum played 12 seasons in the big leagues, starting with the Brewers from 1986-91, which mirrored the tenure of Tom Trebelhorn, the last Milwaukee manager to take the helm so late in a season, assuming the controls after George Bamberger retired with nine contests left.
Left fielder Ryan Braun said that Yost never lost the team, basically admitting that the team lost the job for Yost. You have to credit Braun, one of the team's leaders, for being frank and open about the situation during such a tough time.
Many people outside of the organization have expressed shock over management's unprecedented decision, but Melvin and owner Mark Attanasio didn't have anymore options available to them than Yost had in hopes of snapping the team out of its September slump.
Many fans had grown increasingly critical of Yost, saying he didn't hold his players accountable and that he was way too stubborn in sticking with and defending them. That's part of professional sports, at least when addressing the media and/or in public. The story is different behind closed doors, I'm sure, and the reality of the situation lies somewhere in-between. If there was no accountability and the inmates were running the asylum, Melvin and Attanasio would have made a change a long time ago.
In a Journal-Sentinel poll—with more than 10,500 votes as of this writing—57 percent of respondents believed it was the right time to make the move, while 21 percent said they should have waited until after the season was over.
Regardless, the results haven't been there. Most people know that every team goes through numerous ups and downs during the course of a 162-game season. If they don't after following this team the past two seasons, then they aren't very observant. It's just that Milwaukee's gone through more and longer streaks than what a quality team should endure if it wants to be a consistent winner and postseason contender.
It was such a surreal set of circumstances, the Brewers ending a dismal stay in Philadelphia and announcing Yost's firing in Chicago while the Cubs were taking two games from Houston at Miller Park.
But that's where they are. Now the question is, where do they go from her