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Doug Melvin says that Ken Macha isn't going anywhere

May 20, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

Ken Macha headshot.jpgI’ve taken a few shots at Ken Macha in the past couple of days, mostly because teams that (a) are expected to contend; (b) lose nine games in a row; and (c) have an able and experienced bench coach like Willie Randolph hanging around tend to fire their managers.

But that’s not the case says Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin:

“I don’t see any reason. I
see reasons to work together and try to get some wins . . .Everybody wants to fire everybody, but I talk to Mark everyday and Ken
every day. You go about and do your business, and all
you’ve got to do is continue to work hard.”

I’m not going to call that a dreaded vote of confidence because of the “I don’t see any reason” line. That could later make Melvin’s judgment look poor in the event Macha is fired.  A true dreaded vote of confidence would be more passively-stated, in which Macha’s good qualities were listed, the situation generally but vaguely addressed, but no personal endorsement took place.

So I’ll lay off Macha now. This wasn’t the dreaded vote of confidence. This was a legitimate vote of confidence.

At least I think so.

  1. olmedotimes - May 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Macha is a terrible, terrible manager. If you need evidence, go here:

  2. oh Hal - May 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Like I said before, there is nothing more universal to baseball than the presence of everyday Joes saying “the manager is a bum.” In this post, you provide no criticism of Macha’s actual performance. Yes the team is floundering with its crappy pitchers. How about his positives? He’s familiar with and uses the more modern statistics. He makes logical lineups. He’s good at using the bullpen. He’s willing to let any player play (ignore the weeping from the Gamel fanboys).
    You’re a fan of an NL East team. Touch base with some of your peers. Do they really think Willy Randolph did a good job with the Mets. I can’t say I followed it all that closely, but he seems to be reviled on Mets blogs and forums I read now and then.
    That brings up another point. Randolph has done a great job teaching the younger players the game, especially defense. Hall, Weeks, Fielder, Escobar, McGehee or their coaches have all made references to specific areas where they have improved. An example is Fielder’s ability to pick throws in the dirt.

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