Macha not shying from expectations
New manager knows Brewers want another trip to postseason
PHOENIX -- Brad Fischer remembers the end of the Ken Macha era in Oakland as a long, quiet bus ride.The A's had just been swept by the World Series-bound Tigers in the 2006 American League Championship Series. Fischer, then Oakland's bullpen coach, found himself sitting on the team bus to the airport between Macha, the manager, and Billy Beane, the general manager. "This is hard to say, but Billy and 'Mach' just had trouble communicating," Fischer said. "And on that day, neither of them spoke. It was uncomfortable. You had a feeling something was going on."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.