Brewers' Yost rewarded with extension through '08

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee extended the contract of manager Ned Yost through 2008, rewarding him for the Brewers' first non-losing season since 1992.

The Brewers finished 81-81 in 2005, Yost's third season with the club. His contract includes a club option for 2009.

General manager Doug Melvin said Yost is the person to lead the Brewers to postseason play.

"His work ethic, leadership skills and passion for the Brewers
fans ... confirmed to us that this was the right thing to do,"
Melvin said.

Yost became the team's fifth manager to win 200 games when the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Aug. 31, 2005. Yost joined the Brewers after they went 56-106 in 2002, their worst record in franchise history.

The Brewers originally signed Yost to a two-year contract, then extended it to 2005 and exercised a club option for 2006.

Yost joined the Brewers after spending 12 years on the Atlanta Braves' coaching staff. He served as bullpen coach from 1991-98 and
third base coach from 1999-2002.