Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Macha vs. Kendall - Round 2

Back when Ken Macha was hired, I commented that I had a negative initial reaction because of an apparent history of bad blood between him and his players. One of the players from whom he took a verbal right hook was Jason Kendall.

"I don't want Billy to take heat for this [Macha's firing] because this is what needed to happen''
Well, now Macha has not so elegantly informed Jason Kendall, via the media, that his playing time is going to be cut this year.
“That would keep Jason fresh so that when we get to crunch time, he’s got some gas left,” said Macha. “I could see him getting at least one day off a week. He’s not going to be happy about it. That’s just too bad.”
"That's just too bad."?!?!? No word from Kendall yet. We'll see if he swings back.

I'm telling you, I don't like it. There are a lot of pouters on this team. A manager who's this cold to the players has got to be enough of an a-hole to back it up and Macha doesn't seem to be. I'm worried this isn't going to work.


True Blue Brew Blog said...

I have to say I disagree with you. I love that he is taking a hard line. He's got to show people who's in charge, and a good start is keeping Kendall in line. It might even be a setup where Kendall and Macha talked about it beforehand so Macha could come in looking like a hardass and commanding respect.

Scott Segrin said...

I hope you're right, but...

I just haven't had a good vibe about Macha from the get go. I want to get it out in the open so that I retain my right to tie into him if he goes Yostal.

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