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Milwaukee managerial chatter

Posted on: October 22, 2008 8:17 pm

ST. PETERSBURG -- The way things stand right now, the next manager of the Milwaukee Brewers will have experience in piloting a team into the playoffs -- but will be coming off of an involuntary layoff.

Ken Macha guided Oakland to AL West titles in 2003 and 2006 -- but was fired after his A's lost to Detroit in the '06 American League Championship Series.

Willie Randolph managed the New York Mets to the 2006 National League Championship Series -- but was fired last June after an epic collapse in '07 and a slow start in '08.

Bob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the World Series title in 2001 and guided them back to the playoffs in '02 -- but was fired in 2004 and lately has been working as an analyst for the Chicago Cubs.

General manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he already has interviewed Macha and Randolph, and he's scheduled to interview Brenly on Wednesday.

The GM also told Haudricourt that he's impressed enough with that trio that he may not interview anybody else and choose from one of them.

That would leave several intriguing candidates out -- including Bobby Valentine, currently managing in Japan, and Buck Showalter, currently working for ESPN, among others.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2008 3:25 am

Milwaukee managerial chatter

Ken Macha is NOT a good manager. Billy Beane proved it by hiring his best friend to manage the Athletics. The A's didn't do any worse. If you want a guy who exhibits "quite strength" then hire Art Howe. He is a much better manager than Macha will ever be. Also, if you want a manager that has emotion and "a fire in his belly" then don't hire Macha or Howe. I never saw them get mad when a stupid ump made an obvious mistake. I say hire Bobby Valentine. I'm not a fan of his, but he has managed many years in Japan. That is saying something considering that the Japanese are a proud people and they wouldn't let an American manage one of their baseball teams unless he was good. Besides, Macha has been away from the game for awhile that I doubt he is still relevent. Look up Marc Trestman and Tom Walsh. They did very poorly when they got back to coaching after a long hiatus. BTW, Valentine has done really well managing the Chiba Lotte Marines. Some say Japanese professional baseball is one level below MLB and one level above the highest levels in the minor league system. Would you choose a manager who is a proven winner at the AAAA or AAA level? I thought so. Then why hasn't Valentine gotten another job managing in MLB?

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2008 11:01 am

Milwaukee managerial chatter

Ken Macha is a good coach. He knows how to use his players. I think he would do well for the Brewers.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2008 8:41 am

Milwaukee managerial chatter

Willie Randolph does not belong as the manager of any major league ball club. As a Mets fan I can tell you that his lack of fire is downright disgusting and rubs off on his players. He was handed a sweetheart job when he came to the Mets and managed to blow it.

To me, he showed that he didn't have enough heart to manage a ballclub back in the spring of this year. Botched call by an umpire has the crown all riled up. Players on their feet screaming. Does Willie even attempt to make an argument? Nope. Does he even show that he is upset? Nope. What happens? Jerry Manuel comes to the players defense, doing what Willie should have. It was right then and there, after kerry got tossed from the game, that Willie lost the club competely and Jerry solidified himself.

Willie has no clue how to manage a pitching staff or a lineup card. He is out of touch with his players because he just doesnt seem to show that he truly cares. Dont get me wrong, I like Willie, he just doesnt have the personality or know how to run a ballclub. Being a nice guy just doesnt get the job done though.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2008 12:29 am

Milwaukee managerial chatter

Im a Mets fan, and Willie was a terrible manager that got into a great situation.  Any other manager would have won the World Series with that team.

Manuel isnt that great either.


Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2008 9:45 pm

Milwaukee managerial chatter

As a Mets fan I can tell you that Willie is a good manager that got into a bad situation.  Your team could do a lot worse.

Since: Jun 1, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2008 9:03 pm

Milwaukee managerial chatter

if they are not going to give bobby valentine a chance, please chose ken macha.  i not a fan of willie randolph or bob brenly.

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