Tag:Ken Macha
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 1:19 pm

Brewer calls ex-manager Macha 'racist'

Luis Cruz
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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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:44 pm

Pirates down to 2 for manager

The Pirates are down to Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister as their next manager, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets .

On Tuesday, the Pirates received permission to interview Hurdle, deemed the favorite by Heyman.

The Pirates have led one of the most transparent manager searches in recent memory, announcing each of their interviews after the fact. So far, the team has interviewed Eric Wedge (hired by the Mariners), John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Banister.

Banister has spent 25 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach on both the major and minor league levels. He played one game in the majors, for the Pirates on July 23, 1991. He pinch-hit and singled in his only big-league at-bat.

Banister has managed in the organization and served as the team's interim bench coach last season after Gary Varsho was fired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:39 am

Pirates waiting for Pena?

Tony Pena The Pirates may have their eye on one of the LCS coaches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

The candidate that could make the most sense is Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher.

The Pirates have announced each candidate after their interviews, but haven't done so since last Thursday.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Beirtempfel. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

In addition to Pena, the Pirates could also interview Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson.

The Pirates have already interviewed Eric Wedge, hired Monday by the Mariners, John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:34 am

Pirates interview Tosca

Carlos Tosca The Pirates have interviewed former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, the team announced. He's the second former Toronto skipper to interview with the team, along with John Gibbons, and seventh overall.

Tosca had a 191-191 record from 2002-04 in Toronto. He most recently served as the Marlins bench coach from 2007-10. He was named Fredi Gonzalez's bench coach in Atlanta, but has yet to sign a contract.

Pittsburgh has also interviewed Dale Sveum, Eric Wedge, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Jeff Banister.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am

Jays interested in Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine Another day, another Bobby Valentine interview.

The Toronto Sun reports Valentine interviewed for the Blue Jays' managerial position. Valentine has also interviewed with the Mariners and Marlins.

In other managerial interview news, the Pirates interviewed Jeff Banister and Ken Macha on Tuesday for their open managerial position.

Banister has worked in the Pirates organization for the past 25 years.

Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native, managed the Brewers the last two seasons and also managed the A's.

The team has already interviewed Eric Wedge, Bo Porter and John Gibbons. The Sun also says the Pirates have interviewed Valentine, however the team has officially released the names of the prospective managers after they interview with the Pirates' brass and Valentine has not been among those. Wedge has interviewed for both jobs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:58 am

R.I.P. Brewers: Pitching poor

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: the Milwaukee Brewers.

Two years ago, the Brewers were exciting and a team to watch. They had potential, they had youth, they had star power. This year, they still had a team. It's not that the Brewers were bad -- they weren't good, but they weren't bad -- they were just immaterial. Still, the team has some talent and some hope for the future.


In a word: pitching. in two words: starting pitching.

Outside of Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers starters were not good. Randy Wolf had a winning record, but Gallardo and Chris Capuano were the only starters with an ERA+ of 100 or better, and Capuano was right at 100, but started just nine games. And then there was Jeff Suppan.


John Axford The Brewers certainly have a potent offense -- they were third in the National League with a .759 OPS and fourth with 750 runs.

Rickie Weeks had the season everyone hoped he'd have when he showed such promise as a rookie in 2005. Weeks hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers and 83 RBI. Corey Hart had a great first half, hitting 21 homers en route to an All-Star appearance, but had just 10 the rest of the season.

John Axford (pictured) was lost in a sea of great rookies in the National League in 2010, but nearly any other season he'd find a way to pick up a Rookie of the Year vote or two as a result of his 24 saves and 2.48 ERA. Kameron Loe and lefty Zack Braddock were also impressive out of the bullpen.


Amaury Rivas was a solid starter in Double-A, but beyond him, there's not much immediate impact in the Brewers' minor leagues for the rotation, which is where the team needs the most help.

The team's best position prospect, Brett Lawrie, plays second base. Weeks is headed to his third season of arbitration, so Lawrie may be a good choice to replace Weeks if the Brewers are out of the race at the trade deadline.


Right after the season ended, the Brewers announce they'd keep ticket prices the same -- that tells you something. Still, most will expect a little better than the 77-85 record. Most will be expecting a record around .500 with anything under the mark as a disappointment.


The Brewers have money to play with -- as they shed the contracts of Suppan, Bill Hall and Braden Looper. Plus they'll decline the option on Hoffman. That will help offset the raises set to kick in to Ryan Braun, Hart and Gallardo.

Prince Fielder They need to spend their extra money on starting pitching -- there's not a whole lot of attractive options out there, but I might go for a guy like Javier Vazquez. Vazquez has been a disappointment with the Yankees, but he's an innings-eater and going from the American League East to the National League Central would certainly help. They can also look through the trash heap at a guy like Kevin Milwood, maybe.

The biggest question will be what to do about Prince Fielder. The first baseman is a free agent after 2011, and this offseason would be the best time to ship him out of town. Fielder got his wish and the team jettisoned manager Ken Macha, but he's ready for his final year of arbitration and then free agency. He may be worth more before the 2011 season, but look for the team to hold on to him until the trade deadline.


The division the Brewers play in can't be stressed enough -- the National League Central has two pretty good teams in the Reds and Cardinals, but it's not as if they have a team like the Phillies or Yankees or Red Sox. If everything breaks right, the Brewers could be in it come September. More likely, though, they'll be comfortably in third place, behind the two better teams but better than the Cubs, Astros and Pirates.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:18 am

Macha says Braun, Fielder wouldn't listen

Ken Macha is out as the Brewers' manager, and he didn't seem to dismiss the whispers that it was because of his strained relationship with starts Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

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.

“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.”
In the end, it wasn't Fielder or Braun that betrayed Macha, it was the team's lack of pitching.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm

Report: Macha out in Milwaukee

Ken Macha Ken Macha is out in Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt reports .

Haudricourt cites "sources familiar with the Brewers' plans" as telling him the team will not pick up the 2011 option on Macha's contract. The team is expected to make it official on Monday.

The Brewers went 77-85 this season and 80-82 in 2009.

After Sunday's loss to the Reds, Macha said he hadn't been told if he'd be back.

"That's totally out of my control," Macha said. "It's not my decision."

UPDATE: Macha confirms to the Associated Press that he's gone.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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