The Journal Sentinel 's Anthony Witrado caught up with Macha on the phone Monday, and when asked about his relationship with the team's two biggest stars, Macha didn't hold back:
“If the effort wasn’t reciprocated, then there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. You can’t force guys to do that,” Macha said. “Some guys were open to discussion and some guys weren’t, I guess, but that’s the same with every club.In the end, it wasn't Fielder or Braun that betrayed Macha, it was the team's lack of pitching.
“I talked a lot to Ryan, almost every day, but he does his own thing. He’s going to do what he wants to do.
“With Prince, I think he had some issues this year to deal with, the contract probably being the main thing, and at times he was hard to talk to. I don’t know if there were any guys on the staff that talked a whole lot to him this year.
“Those are the two guys, but the rest of the guys it was all positive. I opened up to (Braun and Fielder) but you have to have a back and forth. The faces of the franchise, that’s what they are.”
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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