The End of the Macha era in Milwaukee
Ken Macha of the formerly known as the Milwaukee Brewer’s manager will not be returning next spring. Macha led the Crew to a (77-85) record on the season. Baseball is a team sports just as much as a growing business and if a manager is not putting up the necessary attitude and record they will not be successful. That was the main reason for releasing Macha; things were just not going anywhere.
Doug Melvin said recently that he'd prefer to hire a manager with experience, and again expressed his desire to pick a "proven winner:" Macha met Melvin for a farewell meeting at Miller Park on Monday. After about an hour long conversation with Melvin and assistant General Manager Gord Ash he was moved on his way back to his hometown of Pittsburg. “I just told him that we felt we didn't win here, we didn't meet our expectations and whether our expectations are realistic or not, that's probably what we have to look at ... I think he understood and then got in his car and headed home.”
The Crew had made a playoff birth two years ago led by the Ace CC Sabathia, but he moved on obviously because of free agency. They Brewer won 80 games in 2009 and 77 games in 2010 which is not too far off to say the least.
Melvin still has two years left with the organization and said he plans not to rush a decision on choosing the next manager.
He mentioned that Macha came into a tough spot after losing CC Sabathia who helped to reach a playoff birth and it was not easy for someone to come into that type of situation.
Macha put out his best effort in getting the Brewers to 77 wins but not able to reach a 500 season to say the least. He didn’t give up and they battled out W’s till the end of the season.
A recent poll showing some of the notable results: Voters expressed strong disapproval of Doug Melvin, Ken Macha and Rick Peterson's work in 2010 with negative ratings at 55%, 81% and 54%, respectively. 91% of voters agreed with the decision not to retain Ken Macha.
Macha was not a terrible manager they just could not put together enough wins to make it to the playoffs and were just inconsistent in play. Macha had this to say “The last time this job was open; I was home [and out of work in 2007]. My policy is, I'm not really going to politick in the paper. Let it all play out at their end. I respect what they're going to do.”Do I think that I merited this? Did I merit getting the job in the beginning? I'm not sure ... That's just how things work out in baseball. That's the game. That's the business. All together in the end the season was not a failure it was a learning experience as is everything in life. Every season you learn something new about players and teams. The brewers are still a young team and can expect only to grow and get better in the process.