Meet managerial candidates Ned Yost and Randy Ready

With Dave Clark and Al Pedrique completing their interviews Wednesday, former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost and San Diego Padres hitting coach Randy Ready will take their turns in the hot seat on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Here are their bios:

     Ned Yost
     Age: 54
     Hometown: Eureka, Calif.
     College: None.
     Most recent job: Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.
     Previous Major League managing experience: Managed the Brewers for six years and guided them from also-ran to contender in the National League. Milwaukee finished sixth in the NL Central in his first two seasons, third in 2005, fourth in 2006 and second in 2007 and 2008. The Brewers clinched the NL Wild Card on the final day of the 2008 season, just days after Yost has been dismissed as manager.
     Major League managing record: 457-502.
     Minor League managing experience: Managed in Class-A Sumter from 1988-90.
     Minor League managing record: 197-223.
     Playing experience: Yost spent six years in the Majors as a backup catcher with Milwaukee (1980-83), Texas (1984) and Montreal (1985). He’s a career .212 hitter with 16 homers and 64 RBIs in 605 games.
     Did you know: Before becoming manager of the Brewers, Yost was the bullpen coach (1991-98) and third-base coach (1999-2002) under Bobby Cox in Atlanta?
     What GM Ed Wade said: “I don’t know Ned very well, but the guy served under Bobby Cox for 10 years and certainly has what it takes to be a successful big-league manager and he has experienced success in the Major Leagues. It didn’t end well [in Milwaukee], but that’s true of all the experienced guys we’re interviewing.”

     Randy Ready
     Age: 49
     Hometown: Freemont, Calif.
     College: Cal State Heyward.
     Most recent job: Hitting coach for the San Diego Padres.
     Previous Major League managing experience: None.
     Major League managing record: None.
     Minor League managing experience: Ready began his Minor League managerial career in 2002 with Oneonta of the New York-Penn League and was named Manger of the Year. He spent two years in Oneonta before returning the Padres and managing at Class-A Fort Wayne (2004-06) and San Antonio (2007). He led the Missions to the Teas League title in 2007. He took over as manager at Triple-A Portland prior to the 2008 season and held that position until being named the hitting coach of the Padres on July 31, 2009.
     Minor League managing record: 489-466.
     Playing experience: Ready was a fifth-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980 draft and played parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues with the Brewers (1983-86), Padres (1986-89), Philadelphia (1989-91; 1994-95), Oakland (1992) and Montreal (1993). For his major league career, Ready batted .259 with 107 doubles, 21 triples, 40 home runs, 239 RBIs and 312 runs scored over 777 games.
     Did you know: Ready was teammates with Cecil Cooper and Ned Yost in Milwaukee in 1983.
     What GM Ed Wade said: “I’ve known Randy since ’89 when we traded for him in Philadelphia. He ha a great personality and mixes with players. I saw him manager in the Tigers’ Minor League system and was impressed. He has equally as strong credentials managing in the Padres’ system. When I scouted [for the Padres] for a couple of years, I could tell he relates very well with the players. They promoted him to big-league hitting coach midway through this season, and  a lot of people feel the success they experienced in the second half of the season coincided with Randy arriving on the scene.”


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