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Ken Macha gets a vote of confidence

Jul 14, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

I had missed the speculation that Brewers’ manager Ken Macha might get fired today, but I guess I didn’t really miss anything after all, because Doug Melvin is already shooting that talk down. Tom Haudricourt:

I just spoke on the telephone with general manager Doug Melvin and he
said unequivocally that he will not be changing managers on Wednesday.

“I’m not a big believer in interim managers,” said Melvin, reached at
his office at Miller Park. “If things get to the point where you see no
fight in the players, that’s different.”

Ned Yost and Dale Sveum beg to differ on that interim manager point, but I get what Melvin is saying.  Like I’ve said a few times, the Brewers stink this year, but it doesn’t feel like a function of Ken Macha’s ineffectiveness. There just isn’t any starting pitching in Milwaukee.

On that count, Melvin says that he’s “not actively shopping” anyone, including Corey Hart. General Manager-ese, it sounds to me. When three teams call you about a guy I suppose you’re not “actively shopping,” but people are definitely soliciting, and unless you hang up on them, you’re just as much part of the transaction.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how many votes of confidence Ken Macha has amassed during his career?
    .
    Come to think of it, who is the all time votes-of-confidence leader among MLB managers? Billy Martin comes to mind as a function of recent events, but too, most of us are probably not old enough to remember Walter Alston.

  2. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Of course he isn’t going to say he is actively shopping. If he did, then teams would offer him a lot less then what they could.
    And maybe this is the first we will see of many more teams saying that the players need to be more accountable then the managers and gms… Players are too glorified and it is easier to get rid of a manager then it is a player, but nevertheless sometimes the players need to be held accountable, and i believe this is one of those instantances…

  3. bbeer - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Yeah but Macha is a moron. Remember the two weeks where he messed with the lineup every frickin game having Braun hit second…pitcher eighth…just stupid crap. That’s when I was convinced Macha has got to go.

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