Macha to return for 2010; two coaches let go

Brewers manager Ken Macha will return for 2010 but some of his coaches may not. 

Macha was formally asked to serve the second season of his two-year contract and the Brewers added a club option for 2011, general manager Doug Melvin said Sunday.

“I have confidence in him,” Melvin said.

Bench coach Willie Randolph and hitting coach Dale Sveum were also told they will be back for the second seasons of their two-year contracts and two other coaches — third base coach Brad Fischer and first base coach Ed Sedar — were extended contracts for 2010. 

Bullpen coach Stan Kyles and interim pitching coach Chris Bosio were not offered new contracts but they will be candidates for the open positions, according to Melvin. The Brewers entered Sunday with a 4.83 ERA, second-worst in the National League, and their 5.38 starters’ ERA was tied with Baltimore for worst in the Major Leagues.

“Our pitching has been our problem this year,” Melvin said. “I think we all can agree on that.”

The Brewers intend to hire a “world class pitching coach,” as principal owner Mark Attanasio put it last week, and former A’s and Mets guru Rick Peterson is one candidate but not the only one. 

Melvin is also considering adding an advance scout to the coaching staff for 2010. For the past several seasons, the team has relied on a video scouting system to prepare reports on opponents. Bosio and Kyles will also be candidates for that position.

The Brewers were 79-82 in Macha’s first season entering Sunday’s season finale against the Cardinals.

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