The Pittsburgh Pirates interviewed Ken Macha and bench coach Jeff Banister today. Banister is the ultimate internal candidate. He knows the drill. He probably wouldn’t say much. He’s been loyal. He knows the players. He has paid the price. Ok, thanks for coming in Jeff. Appreciate it.
Meanwhile, Macha was fired by the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He’s a hometown guy. Ok, thanks for coming in Ken. Appreciate it.
Macha certainly made his way into the hearts of Brewers fans. Right Field Bleachers had some great insight on the former Brewers manger.
Macha has the most successful track record of the candidates the Pirates have interviewed thus far. Macha managed Oakland to a pair of AL West titles. When he was hired by the Brewers he agreed to a two-year contract. Perhaps that caught the Pirates eye as the Bucs will still be paying John Russell after someone tricked Bob Nutting into signing off on his extension last season. It seems like Macha would take a hometown discount and a short term contract.
Macha led Oakland to a 368-260 record. How much does this tell us about Macha? He was fired two days after the Athletics were swept by Detroit in the 2006 AL championship series.
Pirates fans want a manager that has the ability to yell at umps. So you want it, here you go. A video tribute to Macha’s arguing with umpires during his 157-167 record during his two losing seasons with the Brewers: