According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Ken Macha is expected to return as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers next season, with one caveat — he likely won’t be getting an extension.
That would make Macha a lame duck manager in 2010, which would go against everything we’ve come to expect from GM Doug Melvin. We’re talking about the guy who quietly gave Ned Yost a (largely undeserved) contract extension after the 2007 collapse just to avoid having Yost enter the 2008 season in the last year of his deal.
While Macha seems to be returning, Heyman’s source makes it seem like that won’t be the case for pitching coach Chris Bosio. It makes sense that Bosio would be given an interview and a chance to keep the job in the offseason, but we’re being given the impression that he won’t be brought back. Whether or not that’s fair is up to debate — as interim pitching coach, it’s certainly not Bosio’s fault that the team had little-to-no starting pitching depth, but he’s the easy target for “improvement.”
Considering how the team has struggled to get comfortable under Macha’s watch, it’s hard to feel good about this report. The only comfort to be gained is that Macha should and probably will be on a very short leash on 2010.