Macha: 'Sharp questions' don't affect me
A day after the Brewers’ made a series of personnel changes, manager Ken Macha insisted that he’s going about business as usual.
“I’m not going to change any differently than I have all the years that I’ve done this,” Macha said. “I’m going to get here early and prepare, talk to the coaches … put the lineup out, just going to go about business the same way. I’ve been in worse situations.
“You go through tough times, you know. Guys ask you sharp questions and put your job on the line. If you let all that stuff affect you, you’re going to wind up folding a tent. None of that affects me. We’re just going about our job.”
Macha’s job has been difficult lately, with the Brewers losing 23 of their 36 games from July 1 through Wednesday, when general manager Doug Melvin dismissed pitching coach Bill Castro, effectively released longtime Brewer Bill Hall and optioned slumping shortstop J.J. Hardy, a former All-Star, to Triple-A.
Macha is in his first year managing the Brewers but only inked a two-year deal. For comparison, Ned Yost was signed for three years when he originally joined the Brewers in October 2002. When Melvin was asked about Macha’s status on Wednesday, he said only that, “I think we’re all evaluated at the end of the year.”
If Macha was worried about his job status, he was not letting on.
“My third year in Oakland I had no contract for the next year and we were 15 games under .500 at the end of May,” he said. “I could have been fired at any moment and I’m sure the media was calling for my head. It didn’t affect the way I was going about my job. You can’t let that happen.”
One reporter asked the manager if he thought the Milwaukee media was calling for his head.
“I don’t know, I don’t read the paper,” Macha said. “I can just tell by the intonation of every question you give me. … I can tell by the intonation of your voice when you’ve asked me questions questioning either my lineup, why I’m playing people or what the mood of my club is, a bunch of those things.
“You can ask,” Macha added. “I didn’t say whether asking that question or not is going to affect me. Go ahead and ask me those questions, I’m fine with that.”
The Brewers entered play Thursday 7 1/2 games behind division-leading St. Louis and 7 1/2 games behind Colorado in the National League Wild Card race.
[Edit — Woke up and fixed the standings thanks to tbbc44’s comment.]