Macha 'comfortable' he'll return in '10

kinhf9Zy.jpgManager Ken Macha’s contractual status never came up during his two-hour meeting with general manager Doug Melvin earlier this week, but Macha said Saturday that he expects to be back to serve the second season of his two-year contract.

“Yeah,” Macha said. “[But] stranger things have happened. I just want what’s best for the club.”

Melvin met individually with Macha and each of the Brewers’ coaches, an annual part of his evaluation of the team. After winning the National League Wild Card under interim manager Dale Sveum last season, the Brewers were eliminated from postseason contention this year with 11 games to play.  

The club’s performance has sparked a discussion of Macha’s job security, though Melvin has made mostly supportive comments. Earlier this week, Melvin wouldn’t rule out making a decision about Macha’s future before the team’s Oct. 4 season finale.

During their evaluation, Melvin sought Macha’s input on building the team for 2010. The fact he’s entering the final year of a contract was not brought up.

“We had a sit-down the other day, and it wasn’t even discussed, Macha said. “We talked about a whole bunch of stuff that we would like to address next year, so, yeah, if that bodes well, that’s it. … With all the conversations I’ve had with Doug, I feel comfortable.”

Here’s another clue that could bode well: Macha spent part of this week looking at apartments for next 2010.

“If I’m the guy next year I’ll certainly be doing my best to win as many games as we can,” he said. “I think that was our focus as the year went on this year.”

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If “Kenny” Is really being honest here and, truly does want what is best for this Ballclub, then he should simply “walk away” once this awful 2009 Season is over for this team. It’s really not a matter of money or anything like that, as he probably would be paid either way. Obviously, the team has headed in a different direction under Macha’s tenure this past season. It’s easy to blame the injury bug or, just how thin the starting pitching was for this season, as some of the main reasons this team slipped off the map in search of a World Series championship in the 2nd half of 2009. But, you can’t fire players in this game and, in the end, the bottom line is it’s the Manager who is responsible. Macha’s so called “style” of managing, just really didn’t fit this young team’s needs, both on and off the field. The one thing positive you can say about former Brewer’s manager Ned Yost was, he proved early on that, this team needed to be managed for nearly every pitch and, that it couldn’t just be let to go out there and “play ball” as Macha’s style somewhat reflects. For the most part, The Brewers are a very young and also, a very inexperienced Ball team. The Brewer’s will be “starting over” for the 2010 season, in several different ways. Let’s hope that the Team decides to Remove the rocking chair from the dugout and, do it with a new manager that, is in the game for the entire game, ALL of the time, instead of “asleep at the wheel” as it seemed from the 4th inning on, for most of the games in the 2009 season…

I LOVE THE BREWERS!!! I JUST WANT TO SEE THIS BALLCLUB GET BACK TO THE RESPECTIBILITY THAT THEY HAD WHEN THE 2009 SEASON BEGAN. I JUST DON’T SEE THAT RIGHT NOW AND, I THINK THE BIGGEST REASON IS KEN MACHA. INSTEAD OF TAKING ANOTHER STEP FORWARD, THIS TEAM HAS TAKEN 3 OR 4 STEPS BACK UNDER MACHA. I HONESTLY DON’T THINK THE BREWER’S CAN AFFORD TO GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE AND, ANOTHER SEASON TO TRY TO PROVE HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. HE HAS CLEARLY PROVEN THAT, HE IS NOT THAT MAN THIS SEASON AND, BECAUSE OF THAT, SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM HIS DUTIES. IF THE TEAM DOES ECIDE TO RETAIN HOIM AND THEM FALLS FLAT IN THE FIRST 2 MONTHS OF THE 2010 SEASON, YOU THROW THAT SEASON AWAY ALSO FOR THE MOST PART. GET IT OVER WITH NOW! LET HIM GO!!!!

They might as well put a cot in the dugout for him to sleep on because it wouldn’t be any different!! This guy will leave in a CRAPPY pitcher who screws us into the ground, but when a good pitcher (narveson-for example) gives up ONE run and a hit(narveson-with 10 strikeouts), he takes him out and puts in somebody that will give up another couple of runs…does that make any sense? I guess it does if your name is ken macha. Honestly, I can’t stand the guy, and I know I am not the only one…I wonder how the players feel about him…

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