Ryan thinks so. His post is in bold.
9) Hiring Ken Macha as manager.
One of the hardest things any general manager has to do is to hire a field manager and obviously Melvin hasn’t hit a home run with any of his three managerial hires.
I grant you that I write on a blog where our sole purpose is to nitpick managers, but I think it actually seems really easy, since the baseline for hiring a manager is “terrible”.
Still, at least Ned Yost accomplished the successful “breaking-in” of those 2000-05 draftees
He was a tactical disaster. Did you know that he had Chris Getz and his .250 OBP lead off for the Royals yesterday? .250 OBP.
and Ron Roenicke has a career 197-172 record.
RRR career WP% – .534
Macha – .540
The Ken Macha hire was basically a disaster from start to finish. Yes, it’s true he wasn’t given much in the way of a starting rotation to work with,
Since this is a post about Doug Melvin why don’t we take a look at said pitching personnel?
Braden Looper – 5.22 ERA
Yo – 3.73 ERA
Suppan – 5.29, but he was just one pitch away from like 3.4. Or so I’m told.
Parra – 6.36
Bush – 6.38
Villanueva – 5.34.
Ron would have best-buddied Looper into a 4.00 for sure though.
and he was tactically more in line with my thinking than either of the other two,
Hey, we agree!
but his inability to run a functional clubhouse ultimately kept him from being given the chance with a good rotation in 2011.
So…shouldn’t this mistake be “firing Ken Macha?”
What makes the hire worse was that he came to Milwaukee with a reputation for being hard to get along with,
The 2009 BP annual has this to say on the subject:
“Failures in clubhouse communication (some of them involving his once and future catcher, Jason Kendall) dogged Macha during his time in Oakland; Brewers fans will have to hope that his newfound autonomy doesn’t prompt him to unleash a flurry of bunt signs restrained during four years under Billy Beane, on an unsuspecting National League.”
I hate Jason Kendall too.
but that didn’t seem to matter. At the end of the day, 2009 and 2010 represent tremendously blown opportunities for contention and Ken Macha was at the helm for those two debacles.
Spoken like someone who believes in pitcher wins.