Macha comfortable he'll return in 2010
Skipper says he and GM Melvin discussed improvements
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ken Macha's contractual status never came up during his two-hour meeting with general manager Doug Melvin earlier this week, but Macha said Saturday that he expects to be back to serve the second season of his two-year contract.
"Yeah," Macha said. "[But] stranger things have happened. I just want what's best for the club."
Melvin met individually with Macha and each of the Brewers' coaches, an annual part of his evaluation of the team. After winning the National League Wild Card under interim manager Dale Sveum last season, the Brewers were eliminated from postseason contention this year with 11 games to play.
The club's performance has sparked a discussion of Macha's job security, though Melvin has made mostly supportive comments. Earlier this week, Melvin wouldn't rule out making a decision about Macha's future before the team's Oct. 4 season finale.
During their evaluation, Melvin sought Macha's input on building the team for 2010. The fact he's entering the final year of a contract was not brought up.
"We had a sit-down the other day, and it wasn't even discussed, Macha said. "We talked about a whole bunch of stuff that we would like to address next year, so, yeah, if that bodes well, that's it. ... With all the conversations I've had with Doug, I feel comfortable."
Here's another clue that could bode well: Macha spent part of this week looking at apartments for 2010.
"If I'm the guy next year, I'll certainly be doing my best to win as many games as we can," he said. "I think that was our focus as the year went on this year."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.