Macha not to return in 2011Wisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ken Macha may be the first in the Majors to be officially let go today.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Ken Macha may be the first in the Majors to be officially let go today.
Macha confirmed to both the Journal Sentinel and the AP that his club option for 2011 will not be renewed – and he said general manager Doug Melvin apologized if Macha had heard the news on a radio broadcast.
The two will meet today, and an official announcement is expected after that. Macha spent two losing seasons with the Brewers. They went 80-82 last year, and 77-85 this year after closing out the season yesterday with a 3-2 loss at Cincinnati.
The 60-year-old Macha won two division titles with Oakland from 2003-06. But he could not keep the Brewers’ momentum going after they made the post-season in 2008. Milwaukee has two possible replacements for Macha on its payroll – bench coach Willie Randolph, and batting coach Dale Sveum.
Sveum managed the club for 12 games plus the first-round of the ’08 playoffs after Ned Yost was fired.
In yesterday’s finale, the Reds’ Jay Bruce broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run – and nobody scored after that. Corey Hart had three hits and two RBI’s for the Brewers. Randy Wolf took the loss, giving up three runs in seven innings to go 13-and-12. Matt Maloney got the win in relief, and ex-Brewer Francisco Cordero earned his 40th save. Milwaukee finished in third place in the National League Central, 14 games behind the division champion Reds.
Cincinnati will now play at Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon in their best-of-five N-L Division Series