Brewer calls ex-manager Macha 'racist'
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 1:19 pm
Brewers infielder Luis Cruz told a reporter in Mexico that former manager Ken Macha was "a bit racist" and hinted that his being Latino was the reason he "wasn't given the opportunity" in Milwaukee last season.
“The truth is that he [Macha] is very dry, very lethargic, a bit racist…but that’s all passed,” Cruz told an editor for Puro Beisbol, according to the blog Baseball Mexico.
I don't know whether Macha is racist or not, but it certainly doesn't look like Cruz, whom the Brewers picked up off waivers from the Pirates last winter, was held back as some sort of discriminatory conspiracy. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting .281, and got a September call-up. He played in seven games, starting three, and batted .235.
Cruz's primary position is shortstop, where the Brewers' starter is Venezuelan Alcides Escobar and the backup is 15-year veteran Craig Counsell. He also plays second base, where the Brewers start African American Rickie Weeks.
Cruz has a .221 career average in three brief major-league stints, and at best he's a middling utility prospect. I'm not sure what he thinks Macha was supposed to have done for him, but if he just has a beef over playing time, calling the man a racist is a pretty serious charge.
-- David Andriesen
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