A brief argument to bring back Ken Macha

Buster Olney said this past week that "unless there is a last-hour change of heart on the part of the Brewers, Manager Ken Macha will not be retained." Is this the right move?

Here's a few facts about Ken Macha and managers in general:

  • Ken Macha does a pretty good job with the bullpen.
  • It wasn't Ken Macha's fault that the pitching was terrible.
  • It wasn't his fault last year either.
  • The offense has remained one of the best in the league.
  • There have been no public feuds with any of the players or among any of the players.
  • Despite what some Kameron Loe fans may say, he's been very good at protecting pitchers.
  • Too much credit is given to managers for a team's success or lack thereof.
  • A great manager is, at best, worth about two extra wins a year.

These are all true things. I didn't just make them up. They are reason enough to give Ken Macha another chance, but they are not why I am arguing to bring him back. The reason I think the Brewers should consider bringing back Ken Macha is this:

Teams with interim managers

Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs
Florida Marlins
Seattle Mariners

Teams with managers who are retiring at the end of the season (and are yet to name a replacement)

Atlanta Braves
Toronto Blue Jays

Team that is likely to fire its manager before next season

New York Mets

Team that should fire its manager before next season

St. Louis Cardinals

Team that could have its manager leave because of contract expiry

New York Yankees

Team that question mark

Chicago White Sox

That's ten (eleven if you count the Brewers) teams that could be looking for a new manager this offseason and a lot of those jobs look at lot more attractive to a perspective manager than the Milwaukee Brewers. A few of these teams are larger markets with rich baseball histories. Seattle has better sushi. Toronto is located in Canada. Florida has the best cocaine. Milwaukee is Milwaukee. There is going to be a lot of competition for managers and the best of them are likely not to come to Milwaukee. (That being said, if they were the best they would probably already have a job.) We might not be the first choice of the guy we want.

So what exactly is the point of getting a different person to do the same thing that Ken Macha already does? Or worse, what is the point of getting rid of Macha and hiring someone who does a worse job than he does? If the team wanted to fire him they should have done it back in May when it might have ignited the team or at least inspired the fanbase. Who cares now?

You can't blame Macha for the team's success because he's done the best that he could with what he had. He didn't have any pitching and you can't win with an incomplete team. The team has played hard all season long with no obvious signs of quitting like you see a lot of other teams doing this time of year. I don't think you can fire him based on results and if you can't do that, why fire him at all?

Ghost of Miller Park Drunk's Past says:

Because he batted Corey Patterson leadoff, that's why. Don't you remember? He batted Corey Patterson in the leadoff spot. COREY PATTERSON! ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME!?

You know one of the things that old school people will say is "at the end of the season, players always hit what's on the back of their baseball card." I would consider Ken Macha to be an old school guy. Therefore, what does he see on the back of this baseball card that I don't? Because all I can see is mediocrity.

Now, it's not so much that he batted Corey Patterson leadoff that has me calling for his head. I mean on it's own that is pretty indefensible, but you could make a rather poor case for it without Hart, Cameron or Braun playing. What really pissed me off though was his use of him in the ninth inning of Monday's game. Namely, he let him bat when Ryan Braun was available.

In the eighth, Braun stepped into the on-deck circle to bat for the pitcher, but ended up not getting to bat. (You can't make the argument that he wasn't available because he was pretty clearly ready to bat in that inning.) Then in the ninth, that pinch hitting spot was taken by Craig Counsell who promptly drew a walk. Now with a runner on first with nobody out and down by only three, what would you do? Call on the best hitter not in the game, Ryan Braun, to pinch hit? The second best, Mike Cameron? The third best? Yovani? Well, if you are Ken Macha you let the absolute worst hitter on your team and quite possibly in all of baseball swing away and ground into a game defining, might as well be game ending double play.

And then after being completely hopeless in that leadoff spot, what does Macha do? BAT HIM LEAD OFF AGAIN THE NEXT DAY.

There is no forgiving rape and there is definitely not any forgiveness for child molesters, but batting Corey Patterson leadoff? ABSOLUTELY NO FORGIVENESS.

Fire this idiot.

Oh. Yeah. Forgot about that. Well..

Suck it Macha!

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4 comments on “A brief argument to bring back Ken Macha

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Corey Patterson has had pretty nice year for the Orioles. In 86 games .270 BA 8 HRS 32 RBIS 21SB

  2. CountyStadiumDrunk on said:

    Mannie, Mannie, Mannie.. I think it’s time to self-medicate. Haven’t you ever done something that seemed like a good idea at the time but .. well, you know. It was one of those things that, had it worked out would have been genius, but.. well, you know. Let it go, Grasshoppper.
    I like Macha because
    1. I am a true homer and I like anyone who is a current Brewer. I had a bit of trouble with that Escobar baby-mama thing, but heck, I even defended Rene Lachmann to the bitter end. I also think Eric Gagne is a pretty cool guy and still feel so sorry for Mongo Turnbow.
    and 2. Mr. Macha was really nice to my brother when he ran into him golfing at Greenfield Park. Yes, the Brewers manager was golfing (alone) on a public, county course. He was sweet and humble and seemed like a really nice, if rather tired, guy.
    I realize this doesn’t make him a great manager, but as you said yourself, he’s not the one out there serving up 75 mph fastballs.
    3. He is some sort of god in Japan. Really. They adore him over there. Kinda like the Jerry Lewis/France thing I guess.
    4. Love the way he doesn’t take crap in the post-game interview. Not in a posturing, tough guy kind of way, he just calls bullshit when those morons say something stupid.
    That said, I miss Harvey Kuehn.
    CSD

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  4. Anonymous on said:

    Managers have many different reasons for doing what they do. Unlike you who can’t get their head out of the over all ‘best batter on the team’ idea. One has to think of curcumstances. (I did miss this game but…many of their decidions are based similarly below)
    For instance…not only are they looking at the over all perfermance of the player they are looking at the amount of pressure the hit has at that time. Is that player good at handeling pressure? Who’s pitching? Do they have a good history batting against this certain pitcher or just a certain handed pitcher?…what’s the inning? How many people are on base? Is it a day or night game? Where does this person normally hit to against this kind of pitcher? What’s the percentage of them getting on base for the particular situation? And heaven forbid you should also take into concideration the attitude of the player. A player only shooting for their stats is more likely to fail than a player putting his team infront of his stats.
    Your basing your facts on public known stats only….forgetting there is MUCH more that happens behind the scenes. Just a thought (something you are limited with).

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