Ken Macha

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Ken Macha
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Third baseman / Manager
Born: (1950-09-29) September 29, 1950 (age 64)
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1981 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average .258
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 35
Games managed 972
Win–loss record 525-447
Winning % .540
Teams

As Player

As Coach

As Manager

Kenneth Edward Macha (/ˈmɑːkə/; born September 29, 1950, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and manager. During an 8-year managing career, he managed the Oakland Athletics (2003–2006), whom he guided to the American League's Western Division championship in both his first and final seasons with the team, and the Milwaukee Brewers (2009–2010).

During a 6-year playing career, Macha played in 1974 and from 1977–1981 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a first cousin to Hal Newhouser.[1] In the offseason, he lives in Murrysville, Pennsylvania with his family.

Playing career[edit]

Macha is a graduate of Gateway High School in Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and played college ball at the University of Pittsburgh. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round of the 1972 June draft. He was the Eastern League batting champion in 1974 with the Thetford Mines Pirates.

Macha made his major league debut on September 14, 1974, going 1-for-1 in a 17-2 Pirates loss to the Expos at Jarry Park. He is one of only a handful of players to play for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, Canada's two major league franchises. His last major league appearance was on September 30, 1981 in a 3-0- Blue Jays loss to the Oakland Athletics. Macha hit a combined .258 in 180 Major League Baseball games.

Following his major league career, Macha spent four years playing in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons, from 1982 until 1985.

Coaching career[edit]

He retired as a player in 1985 and joined the Montreal Expos as a major league coach in 1986. He spent six seasons with the Expos before moving to the California Angels as bullpen, then third base, coach. He joined the Boston Red Sox organization in fall 1994.

The 1997 season marked Macha's first as manager of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In the previous two seasons he managed the Double-A Trenton Thunder to first-place finishes, including a league-best 86–56 record and another division crown in 1996. He was chosen to manage the American League affiliates in the Double-A All-Star Game.

Macha then joined the Oakland Athletics as bench coach, serving under former Pirates teammate Art Howe from 1999 through 2002. In March 2002, the A's denied permission for the Red Sox to contact Macha about their managerial vacancy. Boston then hired Grady Little, while Macha spent a final season as a coach until he was tapped to succeed Howe, who became pilot of the New York Mets after the season ended.

In one of the most unusual contract moves ever, Macha's pact expired on October 8, 2005 and negotiations broke down between the two sides trying to reach a deal; eventually it broke apart and Macha was out of a job. Six days later—apparently after talking with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but either not being offered the managerial position there or deciding not to take it—Macha reached a deal with the Athletics and became manager once again. He was later fired on October 16, 2006 by general manager Billy Beane, after the A's were swept out of the American League Championship Series by the Detroit Tigers.

After he was dismissed from his managerial position in Oakland, the Seattle Mariners offered Macha a position as bench coach to manager Mike Hargrove, but Macha refused, citing his desire to take a year off. He was then offered a position as a senior adviser to Mariners GM Bill Bavasi.[2] However, in April 2007, Macha accepted a part-time position as a pre- and post-game analyst for New England Sports Network, which telecasts Boston Red Sox games.

On October 30, 2008, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Macha as the Brewers' new manager. Macha's Brewers finished below .500 in both 2009 and 2010. On October 3, 2010, it was confirmed that Macha would not return for the 2011 season.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
OAK 2003 96 66 .593 1st in AL West 2 3 .400 Lost to Boston Red Sox in the 2003 ALDS
OAK 2004 91 71 .562 2nd in AL West
OAK 2005 88 74 .543 2nd in AL West
OAK 2006 93 69 .574 1st in AL West 3 4 .429 Lost to Detroit Tigers in the 2006 ALCS
MIL 2009 80 82 .494 3rd in NL Central
MIL 2010 77 85 .475 3rd in NL Central
Total 525 447 .541 5 7 .412

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nine to be inducted into CWRU athletic hall of fame
  2. ^ cMercury News Wire Services (November 30, 2006). "A's hire ex-Royals bench coach". The Mercury News. Retrieved May 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/104246488.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Runnells
Trenton Thunder manager
1995–1996
Succeeded by
DeMarlo Hale
Preceded by
Buddy Bailey
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Gary Jones
Preceded by
Duffy Dyer
Oakland Athletics bench coach
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Terry Francona