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Brewers manager Ken Macha tired of 'negativism' and 'poppycock'

May 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

Asked yesterday about Brewers owner Mark Attanasio giving him a vote of confidence following the team’s poor start, manager Ken Macha showed a rare bit of emotion while scolding reporters:

Sunday was an exceptional day and to have any negative questions in this meeting today is poppycock. Because we had a tough game on Friday, a game where we battled back on Saturday against a team that’s leading its division in the American League, at their ballpark, had a blown save, played extra innings and had everybody on the staff come in and volunteer to pitch innings, then come back and beat them Sunday.

That’s an incredible win. We should come home on a high and be positive and ready to turn this thing around. If we continue the negative thoughts and negativism, it’s not going to come around. All of the Brewers’ fans should be positive. I know my staff, myself, we’re positive. We have some things happening in our bullpen now. We’re going to try to correct the difficulties we’ve had. It should be a positive mood right now.

Macha then told the reporter who asked the question: “That was your last question of the day.”
All the “negativism” comes from the Brewers having the league’s second-worst record and losing 11 of the past 13 games, so I’m amused by the notion that reporters shouldn’t ask “negative” questions about a 17-27 team just because they beat the Twins on Sunday after losing to them on both Friday and Saturday. Imagine that same logic being applied to reporters covering anything but sports.
With that said, I do admire Macha for his use of “poppycock.”

  1. Jonny5 - May 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    He must’ve grown up with Charlie Manuel.

  2. Jamie - May 26, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Nattering nabobs of negativism, those reporters. The hysterical hypochondriacs of history.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - May 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Where was all this OUTRAGE when his pitcher was being harassed and abused by the freaking home plate umpire the other night? Macha comes out, barely argues with Rapuano, then goes back to the bench with his tail tucked between his legs.
    As I said before, any manager with balls would have told Rapuano to get his fat f**king ass back behind the plate and to never walk out to the mound and curse out his pitcher again. And if Rapuano had anything to say, it would have started world war 3.
    But Macha has no cajones, and that’s how his Brewers play.

  4. JBerardi - May 26, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    “…I’m amused by the notion that reporters shouldn’t ask “negative” questions about a 17-27 team just because they beat the Twins on Sunday after losing to them on both Friday and Saturday.Imagine that same logic being applied to reporters covering anything but sports.”

    Sarcasm, Aaron? Our entire public discourse as a society is based around the idea that we can make any plan work by clapping loud enough and prevent worst-case scenarios by not acknowledging that they exist. Housing bubble? What housing bubble? War not going so well? Support the troops! Offshore deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico dangerously unregulated? Well, you get the idea…

    Sorry to bring politics into a baseball forum, but that was just too much of a hanger for me not to take a swing at it (ha! brought it back!). It’s the same principle, though. If you’ve got a 17-27 team, and you’re scolding reporters for being too negative… well, things are probably going to get worse for that team before they get better.

  5. oh Hal - May 26, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    There are a couple of pros in the press corps there, but after that it degrades severely. The local talk radio guys keep asking piercing questions like “do you think you should be fired” and “do you think Melvin is doing a good job.” If you want some yucks, I could give you the url to some local blogs and radio shows. The best part is that nobody seems to come up with anything substantial to criticize Macha for, but he’s bad and guys like Dusty and Tony are considered fabulous and talented.

  6. skipperxc - May 27, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    If you want some hard criticisms of Macha, how about these:
    1) He murdered Mat Gamel’s career last year by burying him on the bench when he was up for two months instead of swapping him in for a then-unproven Casey McGehee, ruining both his swing and his confidence due to lack of use. Add in that Gamel has missed a bunch of subsequent time due to injury and we may never get a useful year out of him at the major league level.
    2) He constructed an *awful* bench this season. Really? 5 left-handed hitters when every team carries at minimum one LOOGY? (Yes, some of that falls on Melvin too.)
    3) He loves veterans to death, and the older the better. Jim Edmonds should *never* be playing over Carlos Gomez except to rest him — thankfully Edmonds got hurt or Gomez would be having the same issues this year as Gamel did last year. And that doesn’t even go into how Manny Parra, the second-most talented starter on the roster, is rotting away as the third-option long man behind Vargas (bleh) and Suppan (triple bleh) while a same-handed journeyman with no upside (Narveson) is clogging up the rotation instead. And throwing 130 pitches in 5 innings, no less — a decision that falls to Macha, I might add.
    La Russa is a overmanaging blowhard (see also: that 20-inning “masterpiece”) and Dusty has had his brains replaced with tater tots, so forget them…but Macha really has made me yearn for the days of Nervous Ned. It’s a frightening thought.

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