Posts Tagged ‘Ken Macha’

Questions Without Actual Answers Yet

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It’s the eve before opening day and this year, there are still some important questions with the Brewers team that will need to be figured out quickly:

1) Why are the Brewers commited to starting Suppan?
The news that Parra and Narveson are both being sent to the bullpen wasn’t the bad news…the bad news was that the Brewers are still holding a starting spot for Jeff Suppan for no other reason than “We’re paying him a ton of money” and “He hasn’t pitched out the pen in a long time.” I have a question to go with my first question…Where did your stones go, Brewers organization?

From Major League 2..."You have no marbles!"

2)  Which outfielder is going to divide the fans most? Hart? Edmonds? or Gomez?
From what I’ve noticed, there are many Brewers fans that are fed up with Corey Hart already BUT he still has a loyal following. There’s another group of fans that hate Jimmy Ballgame and feel he’ll be taking valuable at bats from younger players BUT his spring training performance has turned many over to his side. There’s yet another group that hates Gomez and his lack of power BUT there are many people excited for his speed and good performance in spring. So which outfielder is going to divide fans the most? It depends on whichever one does the worst.

3) Will the new starters be better than the old starters?
This one has an answer…sort of…and the answer is “They better not be any worse”. Most preseason predictions I’ve seen has Randy Wolf regressing this year and Doug Davis will always give up some home runs, it’s just a matter of keeping the number down. I believe Bush will be better this year and Yo will be stellar as usual. That fifth spot is concerning

4) Will LaTroy Hawkins be more like Guillermo Mota or Salomon Torres?
All three pitchers were former closers, so where will Hawkins fall? He can still dial it up over 90 and has looked alright so far.

5) Will George Kottaras walk to the mound a lot?
While at the spring training game on Friday, I noticed that George really wanted to be on the same page with his pitchers and walked to have a talk with each pitcher multiple times. It worked, because there were no runs earned by the bullpen! Is he really going to do that during the season? Don’t fix what isn’t broken, George.

6) Is this the year for Rickie Weeks?
If he can stay healthy? Why not?!?!? I still have faith in the guy.

7) Will Macha run with this team?
Not just make a run, but actually steal bases and move runners. There’s so much speed on this team, it’s ridiculous. The 2005 White Sox think this team has a ton of speed, but will that speed turn into production on both sides?

8) When will the Narv-Dog get a legit chance at being a starter?
Not soon enough apparently. I really believe that if you make someone a reliever at the beginning of the year and try to make him a starter later that same year, it won’t work. When has it worked? I can’t think of anyone right now…

The Narv-Dog

9) Who will be the surprise player to step up this year?
Last year it was Casey, before that it was Gabe Kapler. Will Gomez step up? Will Casey prove his doubters wrong AGAIN? Will it be Rickie or even Jody Gerut? Perhaps it will be a pitcher…maybe Parra will take the next step. Perhaps it will be a surprise addition. Maybe it will be a call-up from Nashville…

10) Will this team make the playoffs?
Well, if you believe SI or ESPN, no. They have the Brewers finishing fourth behind the Cards, Cubs, and Reds. And it’s easy to be skeptical after the downer that was last  year, with Macha having his first losing season as a manager. However, I like when the Brewers fly under the radar and I believe this team will be playing meaningful ball looooong into the season.

Now it’s your turn…answer my questions if you can or post your own

The All-Decade Team

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays everyone! Since we are on the cusp of a new decade, I decided to put out the Milwaukee Brewers All-Decade team! This was quite an up and down decade for the Crew. We saw the end of our beloved Milwaukee County Stadium, but enjoyed the beauty that is Miller Park. We saw the worst of the worst (3 straight years of finishing last in the NL Central including a 100 loss season) and something we hadn’t seen in over 20 years: Playoffs.  We saw managers change (Lopes, Royster, Yost, Sveum, and Macha). We saw fan favorites come and go. We saw the rise of baseball in HD and a rise in Brewers payroll. Yes, it was quite a roller coaster being a Brewer fan in the 00’s. To look back on the decade that was, Here’s my 25-man All-Decade Roster.

Starters

C - The list of Brewers’ catchers from this decade reads like a sick joke: Bennett, Estrada, Bako, Moeller. It was hard to pick, but Damian Miller is my catcher of the decade. In ‘05 and ‘06, he was a solid catcher both offensively and defensively and had a lackluster ‘07 because of the amazingly underwhelming Johnny Estrada.

1B - Prince Fielder - It’s only been since ‘06 that the Brewers have had Fielder as their starting first baseman, but he’s only gotten better over time. He’s even had 2 seasons with over 40 HR’s. He’s been the leader of this team and has shown maturity beyond his years. He even improved his defense!

2B - Ron Belliard - We started off the decade with Belliard at second. He hit alright, but was great at the double play. He was part of turning 129 double plays in 2000.

3B -Ryan Braun - I don’t care how bad his defense was. I don’t care that he’s an outfielder more than a third baseman. He was the best third baseman the Brewers have and I’m putting him here dammit. What else can you say about Ryan Braun? He’s a stud. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He’s the Hebrew Hammer. He likes really ugly MMA shirts. He’s cocky, but says the right things almost all the time. The best thing you can say about him: He’ll be a Brewer far into this next decade!

SS - JJ Hardy - This JJ brought all the ladies to the yard, but behind his female appeal was a great defensive shortstop with a lot of pop in his bat. He made the All-Star team in 2007. His fire continued in 2008 with over 20 home runs again (which is great for a shortstop).

OF - Carlos Lee - We put up with his lazy outfield because you could count on 100 RBI’s. Before Prince was ready for Prime Time, there was Carlos Lee. Even though the Crew only had him for 1 3/4 years, he delivered over 60 home runs and almost 200 RBI’s.

OF - Geoff Jenkins - Roaming the outfield until 2007, Geoff hit 182 home runs and 71 Outfield Assists for the Brewers this decade. Jenks was also voted into the All-Star game in 2004 by the Brewers fans! He ended up having a stellar year that year hitting .296 with 28 HR’s.

OF - Scott Podsednik - Milwaukee’s ROY runner up was the beginning of the resurgence of interest in the Brewers. While he really only had one good year with the Brewers (and only two overall), he set a Brewers record for most SB’s in a year.

Bench

1B - Richie Sexson - While I have never been the biggest fan of Sexson because he would choke under pressure, his numbers as a Brewer don’t lie. He hit 133 home runs in a Brewer, including two seasons with 45 (2001 and 2003). He was  a two time All-Star and was involved in an amazing trade for the Brewers.

1B - Lyle Overbay - OK, so I have three first basemen. The Big O was a doubles machine after coming over in the Sexson trade and bridged the gap perfectly between Sexson and Fielder.

OF - Brady Clark - Most people laugh about Brady, but he was a solid member of the Brewers outfield for 4 years this decade. He hit an average of .283 and was a big part of 2005’s .500 year (which people forget was a big deal at the time)

INF - Mark Loretta - Mark had a really strong run in Milwaukee to start his career. And while most of his career was played in the previous decade, he still played for 2 3/4 of this one. Always one you could count on to get on base,  Mark never had more than 60 strikeouts in a season.

OF - Corey Hart - Hart made his debut in 2004, but didn’t recieve the role of everyday starter until 2007. His speed and his bat make him a dynamic player even though his head has gotten in the way.

C - I guess you need two catchers on a 25 man roster so I pick Jason Kendall. I know there are a lot of fans who hate Kendall (such a strong feeling), but many of those fans don’t remember most of the catchers from this past decade. We didn’t have a Surhoff or a Nilsson. And I wouldn’t mind having a Jason Kendall who busts his ass every day on my team….problem is if this was real, he wouldn’t let me put him on the bench.

Pitchers

SP - Ben Sheets - Ben’s entire MLB career started in 2001 even though it seems like he’s been around for longer. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cy Young and threw over 1200 K’s this decade. I won’t ever forget the day Jared and I saw Sheeter the night after he threw 18 K’s at a Bucks game (Jenkins had front row and Sheeter was sitting 8 rows back by us). He’s Milwaukee’s first legit ace since Higuera and I’d like to see him back in Brewer Blue.

SP - Doug Davis -Doug Davis isn’t flashy. He isn’t dominant. He isn’t fan friendly. He’s just there. And for 3+ years, he was the team’s dependable workhorse. Doug is the reason most Brewer fans check quality starts because 70% of his 2004 starts were quality, although he just won half.

SP - Chris Capuano - Yet another part of the Richie Sexson trade, Cappie was an All-Star in 2005. What people remember most about Capuano was his insane pick-off move which prompted umpires re-check their rule books about balks. He’s the final part of the MM3 (See Kolb)

SP - Yovani Gallardo - This young star in the making was better than expected in ‘09.  He also was helpful down the playoff stretch in ‘08 (even though a freak accident derailed almost all of that season). I’m excited to see how Yo matures in this next decade.

SP - C.C. Sabathia - Sure he grabbed the cash and left, but before he did, he gave Milwaukee a hero they have not seen in a long time. C.C. delivered the team the playoffs and for that, he will never be forgotten. We were able to see what C.C. would have been like in the playoffs had he not been used up, but most people would agree that the Brewers would have never gotten to the playoffs had he been used more sparingly.

RP - Dan Kolb - There are a group of pitchers I like to call the Mike Maddux Three. These pitchers had their highest levels of success under his tutelage and most came out of nowhere to become All-Stars, then fizzle away. The first of those three is Dan Kolb. Dan was all sorts of mediocre until in 2003 when he had an ERA of 1.99 and saved 21 games. The next year he saved 39 and became an All-Star. The following year, he was traded for Jose Capellan which was a move that benefited NO ONE.

RP -Derrick Turnbow - Turnbow is another member of the MM3. A fireballer picked off of waivers, Turnbow was known as the “Wild Thing”. He had wild hair and a wild streak, but his fastball could touch three digits. This streak caught up with him, but not before he was named to the All-Star game. Sadly, his bobblehead ended his career.

RP - Francisco Cordero - Another in the streak of Brewers All-Star Relievers, Cordero was a name on the Carlos Lee trade that quickly became so valuable, people forgot how bad Kevin Mench was. CoCo came in to Click, Click, Boom and saved 44 games with a 2.98 ERA. He was lost to Cincinatti because they offered him a couple extra million the following year.

RP - Brian Shouse - Lefty specialists are in high demand nowadays and the Brewers had a great one in Brian Shouse. When he was picked up, most people said “Who?”, but this lefty had 2+ strong years in Milwaukee and had a cult following.

RP - Trevor Hoffman - OK, so he only had one year in Milwaukee, but you would agree it was a great one, right? He exceeded expectations and was a highlight in a disappointing ‘09 effort. Plus he was the capper on a decade that saw 6 Brewers pitchers become All-Stars.

RP - I have one more reliever spot and it’s hard to give it to just one person because there were so many players that were similar. They weren’t great, but they were who the Brewers had so my last reliever is Matts DeSkanick. That’s right. A hybrid of Matt Wise, Mike DeJean, Curtis Leskanic, and Brooks Kieschnick. They were all middle of the road relievers, but were necessary or had a small following of fans at the time. (If Jared or Tyler could make a photoshop of this, that would be awesome)

Manager - Ned Yost - Love him or hate him, he’s the man that took the Brewers from awful to competitive.

There you have it! Feel free to post your own! I know we’re all looking forward to another up and down decade of Brewer baseball. I hoped to do a Brewer of the Decade Vote in lieu of a fan favorite vote, but we’ll see if the site is around long enough for that.

Strong Finish to Stoke the Hot Stove

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It was real nice to sweep the Cards, even though their fate was already decided. Prince finished his season starting in all 162 games, tied Howard for most RBI’s, and mashed Coop’s record. Gamel got a hit off of a lefty for an RBI. There are some things to look forward to. Let’s check some other news as we prepare for a Brewer-less playoffs, but an important winter.

- Macha and Co. coming back, minus the Bos and the bullpen coach. I think Wille might jet to a managerial job.

- Trevor Time? It’s been reported that the Brewers are already close to another deal with the all-time saves leader.

- Will Pitching Woes turn into Pitching! Woah!?

- Will J.J. be traded? Rickie? Hart? Prince? (First one is possible, second one is slightly possible, and the third one I hope doesn’t happen)

- Will the Brewers re-sign any of their free agents?

- What will the Brewers do in the outfield?

- What will happen to Soup and Loop if the Brewers pick up new starters?

Feel free post your burning questions/thoughts and we’ll keep an eye out for you. Brewmors should be returning.

“There’s Only One Thing Left to Do”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

"I figure it's going to take 54 more victories to win this thing. Every time we win, we peal a section."

The Cleveland Indians celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Major League” this week and I’m pretty sure Ken Macha must have used some “Major League” tactics to turn things around for the Brew Crew. The Brewers came into the series having lost six of seven games, scoring 27 runs combined in those seven games (3.8 runs per game). Five of the six losses came at home. In the three-game series at Cleveland, the Brewers swept the Indians and scored 30 runs (10 runs per game). Clearly, Macha channeled some Lou Brown to turn this thing around.

Speaking of “Major League,” Uecker was in vintage form once again on Monday as he discussed his role as Indians play-by-play announcer Harry Doyle in the classic baseball movie. Ueck talked at length about the film with his broadcast partner Cory Provus and Indians announcer Mike Hegan, who Uecker previously worked with in Milwaukee. Uecker hit on everything from his deadly first pitch at Monday’s game, Charlie Sheen’s appearance fees, the shelf life of “Major League,” the less-than-classic “Major League 3″ and more. I pulled out most of the gems and put them together in the clip below. It got a little long (10 minutes), but it’s worth the listen.

“The post-game show is brought to you by… Christ, I can’t find it. To hell with it.”

In the News (2/25)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

 

Tired of waking up tired...

Brewers News

-SPRING TRAINING GAMES START TODAY!!!!! Brewers v. Athletics. Suppan v. Outman. Braun might play the whole day to get ready for the WBC and Trevor Hoffman is scheduled to make his debut.

- By the way, Macha knows the high expectations for the Brewers this year and if you don’t know much about him or his temperment yet, read this.

- Corey Hart said he was too tired at the end of the season and that’s what caused the slump. He’s also focused on proving people wrong. Kinda like how the fans proved you wrong when you said we don’t stand up for the players…

- Hardy homered in the intrasquad game and Lawrie got some time in at second base.

- Ok Ok, this one is a real banger! So…so, Craig Counsell is all like, older, and Vinny Rottino is like, not, so Craig totally gets one over on Vinny. Check this out, Counsell didn’t want to break in his glove and he was all like “Yo, Vinny, Give me your glove, beeotch” and Vinny was all like “Ah Sh*t Dawg, does I gots to?” So Craig got like all red and sh*t and starting like whining, I don’t really know but it’s what I heard..anywayz he ended up totally getting Rottino’s glove and it was like such a big deal or something ’cause Vinny had to use a glove that, wait for it….WASN’T BROKEN IN!!!!! AWH SNAPPITY SNAP SNAP!!!! Pssht. That’ll teach that rook…er…minor leaguer not to mess with the mini-CC. - Seriously, is this worth reporting?

- Tyler will not approve, but the Brewers already sent four players to the minors (red tagged em?) including Jason Bourgeois and Martin “Not Candy” Maldonado.

- Bleacher Report has 11 guys that need to come through. Rickie Weeks is listed as the second baseman who needs to come through and absolutely no Brewer fan disagrees with that.

- I’m liking this Miller Park Drunk post about how terrible Corey Hart’s batting music is. Maybe he was tired of his song like I was and that’s why he slumped in September…

- Short White Guys believe that the loss of CC and Sheets will be too much to overcome.

- BareKnucks also aren’t crazy about the starting pitching. But then they ask for Odalis Perez and Randy Wolf??? Wolf is back with LA, but I wouldn’t take either over Looper or McClung.

- Brian Anderson lets the “New Guy”, Corey Provus introduce himself. Nice, but we were first!

- You like-a the old MB logo? High Five-ah!!

- Want home opener tickets? Really really want home opener tickets? Want them so bad, you’d let someone poke you in the arm and drain you of your life fluid (for a good cause) just to have a chance at winning tickets? Then go to a BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

 

Minor Leagues

- Baseball America has their Top 100 prospects out!!!!

1-20 (Brewers: 19, Alcides Escobar)

21-40 (Brewers: 34, Mat Gamel)

41-60 (No Brewers)

61-80 (No Brewers)

81-100 (Brewers: 81, Brett Lawrie 100, Jeremy Jeffress)

- The T-Rats have a cool opportunity on April 8th. For $30, you could eat dinner with the new T-Rats at the Wave Bar and Ballroom (For a $300 table, they’ll even send one to sit with you). Gord Ash is the featured guest.

NL Central

- Carlos Zambrano might pitch in the WBC. That’s fine with me…I’m up for some spring training/WBC tantrums.

Other News

- Time to get ready for the season, eh Softball Guy?

- There’s still time to send in your contest entry for a chance to win a free shirt. Just need your top 4 choices, who you think will win, how many votes will be cast (last year there was 3000 total throughout the voting, so take that how you will), your name and address.

- Ben Hendrickson sighting! (Twins)

RFB Offseason Roundtable - Christmas Edition

Friday, December 26th, 2008

This Week’s Topic - Let’s get into the giving mood: What presents would you give members of the Milwaukee Brewers?

Bryan -

First of all, Santa Bryan wants to thank the entire team for getting to the playoffs and the entire city of Milwaukee for getting behind them.

Now the real presents:

For Yovani Gallardo, I would give a coat of armor for those run-ins with Prince Fielder.

For Corey Hart, I would give him a doctor’s check up. If he thought the fans weren’t behind him last year, he obviously needs his eyes, ears, and heart checked out.

For Dale Sveum, I would give him his kick ass 80’s stache again and a thank you card for not letting the team completely implode.

For Mike Cameron, I would give a calendar in which every month is August.

For David Riske who is missing his friend in C.C. Sabathia, I would give a Snuggie (It’s a blanket with arm holes and pockets!!! Holy Crap!!!! It’s like a bathrobe in reverse!!!!! I’m running out of exclamation points to talk about this life altering product)

For Jason Kendall, I would give overtime pay.

For Mike Rivera, I would give a warming massage chair…I mean the guy sits there all the time, might as well be relaxed.

For Seth McClung, I would give another beer to shotgun.

Bill Castro already received his Christmas gift.

For Chris Capuano, I would give tape of the first half of the 2006 season.

To Salomon Torres, a retirement gift, a Shamwow for all the messes he mopped up and for some he created.

For J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder, I would offer just a sincere request to look into a long term deal. I know it won’t happen, but it is the season for giving…

Jack -

Ho ho ho!  I would give Doug Melvin a loophole that let’s him burn up Jeff Suppan’s contract.  And I’d give CC Sabathia a higher rank than Mark Teixeira in the Elias Rankings!

For Bill Hall, a pink bat to use every game of the year.

For Mike Rivera, a plate appearance.  He never gets these any more!

For Ken Macha, a suitable platoon partner for Hall.

For Rickie Weeks, an outfielder’s glove.  Because you just never know.

For Jeff Suppan, a lump of coal.  Grr!

Joe -

When Bryan e-mailed us the topic for this week, my first thought was, “These dudes are rich. What do they need?” I soon realized that is not the attitude to have. Professional athletes are people too. They have feelings, and even though they can pretty much buy themselves anything they want, they probably still like receiving gifts. With that said, this is a list of what I would give Brewers players for Christmas:

Rickie Weeks - I would hook Rickie up phatty with his favorite bat from college. I would couple this with a new MLB rule that allows only Rickie Weeks to use aluminum bats. Also, there would be a new rule (also in place only for Rickie) that disallows pitchers to throw him any off-speed pitches. Nice.

JJ Hardy - Hardy’s an all-star, millionaire, and a sexy stud. What does he need? I’d get him the same thing I get everyone else that I don’t know what to buy. A Target Gift Card.

Ryan Braun - I’d provide Ryan with an endless amount of young, gorgeous virgins!

Prince Fielder - Boxing gloves and a sweet new butterfly tattoo for the other side of his neck. B.A.

Corey Hart - I’d give Corey Hart an ITunes Gift Card. That way maybe he’d broaden his musical horizons and spare us all of that horrible fricking AB song.

Mike Cameron - I’d just give Mike a hug. What a good guy.

Bill Hall - An “I Love Mom” coffee mug.

Jason Kendall - I’d resort to the good ol’ coupon book Christmas gift. Included would be a “free off day” coupon, “free beard trim” coupon, and a coupon for a free game of bowling. Good anywhere.

Yovani Gallardo - The realization that he shouldn’t play in the World Baseball Classic.

David Bush - A puppy. British Bulldog to be exact.

Jeff Suppan - I wouldn’t give Jeff anything. Take that back. On behalf of the Brewers, I’d issue him a bill for $8.25 million. Due immediately.

Manny Parra - Attitude.

That’s all I can afford. Hopefully the other guys would get the rest of the players and the coaches something.

RFB Offseason Roundtable - Reaction to Macha

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

This Week’s Topic: What is your initial reaction to the hiring of Ken Macha as Brewers Manager?

Joe -

I like the managerial signing of Ken Macha. I think he is an established guy and he has shown he can win (winning two division titles in four years and never finishing with less than 88 wins).

I like that the Brewers actually have signed a guy who: a) is not a first year manager and b) is not a home grown guy. I think it will do this team some good to have some “outside” perspective.

Many Brewers fans are highly concerned over his reportedly poor relationships with his players while in Oakland. Personally, I am not too worried about it. First and foremost, if anyone has read a thing about Billy Beane and the way he runs his team, I am not one bit surprised that an Oakland manager had rocky relations with anyone. Second, I don’t really care how good his relationships are with the players if they win division titles and play well.

Ken Macha will not face the type of pressure and stress from Doug Melvin that he endured with Billy Beane in Oakland, and frankly, I completely trust Doug Melvin’s decision.

Jared -

I’m very happy with the Ken Macha hiring. I think I’ve outlined what I like about him on the site pretty well over the last few weeks (especially in this post: http://www.rightfieldbleachers.com/?p=2805). He fits basically every requirement I was hoping the manager would have. And I think he’s a great addition for the team.

After hearing his press conference, I’m even more confident in him. Some have criticized him for not having much personality, but he was very personable in his press conference and the interview he did on 1250 WSSP following the announcement. He cracked a handful of jokes that went over well and he was very upfront when reporters asked repeatedly about the supposed “disconnect” in Oakland. One of the things I truly did not like about Ned was how he handled the media, especially with the tough questions. He would not have handled the questions today well at all. I can already tell Macha is an upgrade in that department.

It was also reassuring that several players, including Kendall, have come forward and said they’re happy with the hiring and that Macha is not a horrible, disconnected manager that won’t have their backs. In fact, he sounds quite competent and the term “players manager” was even thrown around. There’s two sides to every story.

I’m not saying Macha is going to come in and suddenly transform this club into a 100-win team, but he was very clearly the best candidate of any who even received mention and he’s heads and shoulders above Randolph, who has to be held at least partly responsible for that complete disaster of a clubhouse in New York, and Brenly, who is regarded as a mental midget when it comes to baseball strategy.

I think we’ll all be very happy with the decision next season. Good work, Doug.

Tyler -

The announcement of Ken Macha as the 17th, and most recent, Brewers skipper isn’t at all surprising and it isn’t incredibly exciting either. It pretty much just is what it is.

I’d seen what Whitey had done in Oakland and you can’t hate that. He seems a good enough manager and all, but he’s not one that will blow people away with amazement. Not trying to take away all importance of a manager, but essentially past win/loss totals, the possible existence of a “disconnect” and anything else that happened in Oakland means very little to me. It’s all a matter of what is done now, with this team, with this general manager breathing down his liver-spotted neck.

And because none of that can be known until the season begins, I’m just happy to have Macha in place. He seemed to be one of the better, if not the best, manager available for hire based on what he’s done – but I’m most concerned on what he’ll do. I’m glad to have him, but I guess my overlying sentiment through all this is a slightly sarcastic “yay” because I’m just mostly glad it’s over with and the Brewers can now start signing or trading for people that will at least occasionally get up off the bench and play – you know, non-managers.

Johnny -

Macha Macha Man, I’ve got to be a Macha Man. Hahahahahaha! I am kidding eye-eddy. No, but I am serious. Macha was my favorite option. I really didn’t see an upgrade going Yost to Randolph, or Brenly. There is no way to predict how it will pan out, but one thing I do like is - every picture that the major sports channels show of Macha show him squinting. Which tells me he is both wise, and honorable. And even if he leads us nowhere, our players should, at least, pick up on some of his many proverbs are parables. To become a better athlete, you must become a better person. The more I read about Macha’s baseball philosophy the more I liked it. Hopefully his stern attitude and performance based lineups will be a spark to massive disappointments Billy Hall and Rickie Weeks. It would be great to watch them turn into real ball players.  But like Tyler said, at least it’s over. Now we can prepare the boom box’s dance mixes, so we can rejoice about the Jeff Francouer deal with Macha-rena’s and Macha-ritas. I am done.

Bryan -

I believe Macha coming to the Brewers shows how much the culture of the team has changed. 6 years ago, the Brewers wanted Macha as the “successor” to Jerry Royster to manage the team. The A’s gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse to be their manager. He knew the team and the A’s just won 103 games the past season. The Brewers, at the time, were mostly full of unknowns and had just lost 106 games the previous season. Macha went on to have 4 good years as manager in Oakland while Ned Yost started taking to change the culture in Milwaukee. Interesting how things intertwine. Side note, both searches included Wille Randolph and I’m glad he was not chosen either time.

A couple things he said during his press conference that I truly liked: First of all, when the inevitable question about Jason Kendall’s comments in Oakland, Macha said it’s not his job to be friends. It’s his job to create a line-up that will win. The main problem I had with Yost was that he seemed to play favorites with players and it doesn’t seem that will be the case with this team anymore.

Something else I enjoyed was that he’s ready to lead the team even if they can’t retain C.C. and/or Sheets. His attitude seems to be “been there, done that”, which is an important attitude right now with many Brewer fans currently scared of a CC-less team. He said it was similar to losing two of “the big three” in Mulder and Hudson. Now, neither of them were Cy Young winners, but the confidence he exudes will be good for the team and the fans.

Another thing I liked was that Melvin and Macha are both interested in retaining Dale Sveum. Even though I give him a hard time about some of his choices, Sveum is “Brewer People” which I believe you need in this town. Ned Yost and Dale Sveum understood how important this team is to Milwaukee and helped the players understand what it means to be a Brewer too. We lost that with Lopes, Royster, and yes, even Garner.

Finally, I’m glad he sounds like he will balance the team’s power with some small ball. Contrary to buzzword loving casual fans, the Brewers have too much wonderful power to be a small-ball centered team. Small ball does not contain mystical powers, nor does it solve all the worlds problems. But there’s nothing wrong with using elements of small ball late in the game, like Macha said, to get runners closer to scoring or to keep rallies going instead of dying out due to someone overswinging. Milwaukee was 5th in the majors with 324 doubles last year. If Macha can get more runners on base and in scoring position those doubles will turn into runs. And if a batter starts the inning with a double, let’s hope that runner has a better chance to score next year than this past year.

As of 11 pm Thursday night 55% of fans polled on JSonline said they liked the pick and 44% of fans did not like the pick. We have 5 glowing reviews of Macha here. Let’s hear what you have to say in our comments.

Brewers to Name Ken Macha New Skipper Today

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

As Tom Haudricourt, our own Jared, and pretty much every other butterface in and around baseball has predicted, the Milwaukee Brewers are set to name Ken Macha the club’s newest manager in a 2 p.m. (CST) press conference Thursday.

Macha’s last gig came as manager of the Oakland Athletics where he led the team to a 368-280 regular season record over four seasons (2003-2006). The A’s also won two AL West titles under Macha during that period.

Congrats, Ken. I’m glad to have you aboard.

Now let the offseason begin!

Update: Tom Haudricourt is reporting Macha is signed for two years, or through 2010. No word on coin at this time.

Welcome to Milwaukee, Ken Macha

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel says the manager job is going to Ken Macha. In an interview today on 540 ESPN Radio, Haudricourt said all of his sources are pointing to Macha and that he believes the Brewers will make the announcement before the end of the week. When a beat writer is that confident something is going to happen, he’s probably right.

Haudricourt added that Dale Sveum will likely be back as bench coach and Mike Maddux, Bill Castro and Ed Sedar will also be retained.

Congratulations, Ken. And welcome to Milwaukee!

Notes: Is Macha the Man?

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
  • Eli at Eli’s MLB Rumors is reporting that an NL executive says the Brewers have picked Ken Macha as the team’s next manager. If true, I applaud the choice. I think he’s the best available candidate. The Brewers will announce the hiring (whether it’s Macha or someone else) after the World Series is over. 

Update: Haudricourt agrees that it looks like Macha is likely the choice.

Update II: The NY Post thinks it’s Macha too:

The perception has been that Bob Brenly is the frontrunner to become the Brewers’ manager. But a person familiar with the process said Brenly’s interview did not go that well and that former A’s manager Ken Macha is now considered the leading candidate. Willie Randolph is the third person currently being considered for the job. He is well liked by Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and his interview apparently went well. In addition - surprisingly - he has received strong endorsements from Mets officials. Of course, if Randolph is hired by the Brewers some of the $2.25 million the Mets still owe him for 2009 would be removed, which could be a good reason for Met officials to be so positive about Randolph.

 

  • Cecil Fielder continues to drag his feud with Prince out into the public:

“Me and Prince just ain’t talking,” Fielder said yesterday. “We can’t ever be estranged. I’m his father; he’s my son. I gave that boy every opportunity to become who he is today. At some point, he’s going to realize he’s got some great people in his corner. People that are pulling for him.”

It’s sad that it’s come to what it has, but I’m not sure what Cecil gains by making comments publicly about the feud. Prince has not commented on it at all for some time. Hopefully they can work it out at some point and the story ends well.

 

  • The relationship between the Nashville Sounds and the city of Nashville continue to deteriorate. This situation will be one to watch closely…

 

  • ZiPs Projections for the Brewers for the 2009 season are available now. The offense looks to be in good shape, but they could definitely use a third baseman.
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