"When" Or "Is" Ken Macha Going to Be Fired?

Sam BornsteinContributor IJuly 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06:  Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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   At the all-star break, the Brewers are 40-49. They have rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy starting over George Kottaras behind the plate, and Jim Edmonds switching off with Carlos Gomez in center field. Also, they called up rookie closer John Axford to close over future hall of famer closer Trevor Hoffman. Are these the right moves? The question is, "When or Is Ken Macha going to be fired?

   From 2003-2006, when Macha was managing the Oakland Athletics, all four of his seasons there he had at least 88 wins. From all four years, his record was 368 wins and 280 losses. He lead the A's to two playoff races, one of them ending with a sweep against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS in 2006. After that he got fired. About two years later, the Milwaukee Brewers hired him as their manager, replacing Ned Yost, who now manages the Kansas City Royals.

   In 2009, Ken Macha helped the Brewers to an 80-82 record, finishing in 3rd place, 11 games out of first place. After the 2009 season, there was questions about fireing Macha or not, but he was soon announced the manager of the Brewers for 2010.

   Ken Macha's contract expires after the 2010 season, but he has an option for 2011. If the Brewers end the season with a losing record, we should expect a new manager for next year.

   Though if Ken Macha were to get fired in the middle of the season, bench coach Willie Randolph, former New York Mets manager, or hitting coach Dale Sveum would be the intern manager.

   So it is up to the Brewers owner Mark Attansio to answer the question, whether or not to fire Ken Macha.