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The Brewers decline to pick up Ken Macha's 2011 option

Oct 4, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

This is neither (a) technically a firing; or (b) a surprise, but it’s now official — via team press release — that the Brewers and Ken Macha are parting ways.

It’s not a firing because Macha’s contract was only a two-year thing and it’s now up. The mechanism of his departure is the team declining to pick up his option for 2011.  It’s not a surprise because people have been reporting that this was going down since last night, and have been reasonably assuming this was going down for a solid couple of months.

What ultimately did him in was the pitching, obviously. No, Macha was not blessed with a deep and talented staff. At the same time, he didn’t do a great job in trying to get the best out of what he had either.  Oh, and the fact that, as he walked out the door on the 2010 season he bashed the two best players on his team didn’t help matters. Sure, maybe Braun and Fielder didn’t respond to Macha and maybe it wasn’t his fault. But I don’t get why you basically throw it on them as you’re leaving. It all suggests some bad blood that has gone largely unreported.

There has been very little buzz about possible replacements for Macha in recent weeks. I would expect the usual suspects — Bob Melvin, Ted Simmons, maybe even Willie Randolph, despite his denials of interest in the job — to be mentioned. I still kind of like my Ryne Sandberg idea, but I suppose Cubs-spite is not the strongest basis on which to make such decisions.

Here’s one: Jose Oquendo. He’s gotta be tired of waiting for Tony La Russa to retire, he knows the NL Central and the dude played every damn position on the diamond back in the day.  Make it happen Doug Melvin.

  1. bbeer - Oct 4, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Macha you’re a bum. A bum I tell you.

  2. Sam Lee - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Is that really bashing? That seems hyperbolic. And he didn’t get the best out of what he had? You mean Doug Davis, Jeff Suppan, LaTroy Hawkins, Claudio Vargas, or Todd Coffey. The guy who really took shots was Doug Melvin who left him with a constantly short roster and a bunch of old injured guys. He asked for and got younger players that Melvin is obsessed with stacking in the minors and never playing. Then they won.
    They’ve got lots of options for 2nd base next year. That means Melvin will sign Weeks to an extension and let the other guys rot.
    The issue with Braun and Fielder was primarily that other teams would throw at them and he would never answer back. He called the worthless jerk at MLB who ignored him. So he took to throwing behind batters early so warnings were issued. I like the guy and think he was great at most things, but that’s a fail. He was far too passive to ongoing events in a game and wouldn’t advocate on behalf of his players.

  3. Cincy Sam - Oct 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Simmons is or should be the man, if he wants the job. He is well liked and a great asset to MLB. It is time for him to get his chance. Why go out of town for Jose O, when you have great talent close to home?

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