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Ken Macha says Trevor Hoffman may close again. Which is crazy.

Jun 23, 2010, 9:46 AM EST

What is it with mediocre managers putting individual player stats above all else these days?  First we had Jerry Manuel killing Jon Niese’s arm in order to try and get him a win, now we have Ken Macha saying
yesterday that he may slide Trevor Hoffman back into the closer’s role
. Why? “I’d certainly like Trevor to reach his goal of getting 600 . . . We’d like to get that done for him.” Mercy.

OK, maybe that’s not 100% of the reason.  Macha notes that Hoffman has had several good outings in a row now, pitching mostly in the seventh and eighth innings. Which he has.  But at the same time John Axford has struck out 21 batters in 18 innings and is perfect in save opportunities since taking over the role, including a two-inning save last night.

Rather than give your Established Closer his milestone, maybe you stick what’s working? Especially given that (a) so much isn’t working for the Brewers these days; and (b) Trevor Hoffman closing over the first couple months of the season made grown men cry.

Put more simply, the back end of the Brewers’ bullpen is one thing about the team that ain’t broke at the moment, Ken Macha, so why are you even thinking about fixing it?

  1. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Then again, if the Brewers are basically conducting their own personal suck tournament this year, why the heck not get Hoffman his 600th? Let him get the number and then retire. If the Brewers finish 25 games out instead of 20, does it really matter?

  2. Weeble - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, Doug Melvin is making this call and attempting to establish Trevor as a closer again to prove his worth and trade him before the deadline. Macha has done dumber things, but this may be an instance where he is crazy like a fox.

  3. Canned Heat - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    BC hit it on the head.
    Hoffmann has made it clear that he’s at the end of his rope. They’re (Brewers) trying to get him to the 600 mark and that’ll be the end of it. If he wasn’t so close, they would’ve cut ties already.

  4. mykolm - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    It reminds me when Pete Rose’s manager let him play past his prime to chase a record.

  5. BC - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Pete Rose was his OWN manager at that stage. Literally.

  6. JBerardi - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Yes, let’s torture our fan base so that some guy can have a round number next to his name. And it really adds a lot to a record when you need all sorts of special treatment in order to achieve it.

  7. jd1 - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Nothing about the save statistic establishes value. He can show he’s an effective pitcher again just as easily by pitching the 6th inning of a blowout.

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