Zduriencik said he wants to choose a manager soon, but did not give a timeline. He received hundred of calls and e-mails from potential candidates and others offering recommendations after he got the Seattle job on Wednesday. He said Ned Yost, a "great friend" suddenly fired as the Brewers manager last month, and former Seattle interim manager Jim Riggleman are two candidates. "I have a great relationship with Ned. Ned did a nice job for us ... basically raising these young kids," Zduriencik said. "I've known him. I've worked with him. I know who he is. I will have conversations with him, yes."Alrighty then. The book on Yost -- the charitable one, anyway -- was that he was a great guy when the talent was developing, but wasn't the right guy to take it over the top. I'm a little skeptical of that -- who's to say that the 2007 Brewers weren't destined to be the champs absent miscues from Yost? -- but let's let him have that characterization.
The question is whether Seattle even falls into that Yost-ready, young talent paradigm. Based on what Zumsteg is saying, there's still a lot of demolition work before you can even get that far. In light of that, it's possible that Yost won't make a difference either way (Zumsteg says as much in the same post).
By most accounts, Jim Riggleman did a pretty professional job after taking over the train wreck that was the Mariners last year. Given how little the manager is going to matter in Seattle for the foreseeable future, why not keep him on as caretaker/sanity infuser?