"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
All kidding aside about the the flubbed record...
Macha was basically run out of town by his OWN players in Oakland. It's not that they didn't like him....he was HATED.
Tactically he's probably on par with just about any other manager. Give him a good team and he'll have a good record. But I think there are some serious questions concerning how he can manage personalities in the clubhouse. Is that a deal breaker? I don't know that it is. But a Macha-led team might have a harder time getting much sought after free agents they target to sign.
The A's won alot during the regular season during Macha's tenure but when it came to the postseason the A's tanked.
I don't care if the players want the manager killed so long as the team is winning. Besides, he was managing Milton Bradley, so I'd guess he didn't have the easiest profession in the league.
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Didn't "Moneyball" portray Macha as a puppet of Beane and DePodesta?