TUCSON -- Brewers Minor Leaguer Ned Yost IV may be following his father into the coaching ranks. Yost, 25 years old and the son of the Brewers manager, was told Wednesday that the organization probably will not have a spot for him on the field in 2008. Instead, farm director Reid Nichols offered an opportunity to remain in extended Spring Training to learn how to be a hitting coach. Yost, who is engaged and will be married in November, returned home to Atlanta to mull the offer. His dad encouraged his son to take the job and said his son could be back in as little as a week.
"They didn't release him, they just told him he's a bubble guy and he wouldn't play much, and they offered him an opportunity to start his coaching career," the elder Yost said before the Brewers played the White Sox on Wednesday. Yost IV would work under Nichols and assistant director of player development Tony Diggs at Maryvale Baseball Park. Yost would be evaluated in June. "I think he was excited about it, a little bit, and bummed about it, too, a little bit," Yost Sr. said. "I told him the one good thing is that he's not going to get five years down the road and say, 'Gosh, if I had just done this, maybe I could have ...' He didn't leave anything on the field. "I know what he is," Yost said. "He plays with a lot of desire and a lot of smarts, but talent-wise, he's a grinder." The Brewers originally signed the younger Yost as a free-agent catcher in May 2005, but he later converted to first base. In three Minor League seasons at the rookie and Class A levels, he was a .268 hitter with 11 home runs and 101 RBIs in 221 games.
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