Macha Wants Help, Praises Melvin
By Jay Sorgi
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made controversial comments about what he believes General Manager Doug Melvin ought to do to help the Brewers compete for a playoff berth in 2009, including getting another pitcher for the starting rotation.
Melvin responded angrily to Braun's comments.
"To make the statements he made and also get on his teammates like that, it was irresponsible on his part," said Melvin in a Journal Sentinel article. "It just ticked me off."
When asked about whether he would want a pitcher for the starting rotation, Macha agreed, but supports the efforts his boss is making.
"Certainly, but to me, the forum is to sit down with Doug and see what he's doing," said Macha on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"We have a lot of people in this organization working as hard as they can to put the best product they can out on the field, and I'm sure Doug is exploring all avenues to make sure we have a very competitive team."
Macha says he can see Braun's perspective, but says the two-time All-Star might want to gain a little more perspective on Melvin's work.
"Sometimes, players get frustrated, but you have to step back and appreciate the job, and respect for the job that other people do around here, too."
"They get in around 8:00 (a.m.), 8:30 (a.m.), something like that, and they'll be in that office scouring waiver wires, exploring trades, receiving phone calls all the way until after our game ends at night. They put in a lot of time. So far, I feel they've done a tremendous job here."
"Is Doug looking to make the club better? Absolutely, every day he is, as my coaching staff, our scouting and everybody is trying to do that. I have to stand up for those guys who do a great job, as I want and demand out of my staff, my coaching staff, I want them to be as good as they can be, and they are."
"Last year, Doug stepped up, went out there and got CC. He understands the impact that CC had on the club last year. I'd certainly like to do the same thing. I would say, right now, there's no CC's out there, available, and just to make a trade to make a trade? I don't think he's going to do that either. He wants to make sure that we make a move that's going to be a quality person that we'll be able to put in the rotation, and hopefully, the top of the rotation."
Even more so, Macha said that players like Braun ought to back the guys they have on the roster at this point.
"We've got guys going out there right now, pitching, and they're putting their heart and soul into what they're doing. Let's be supportive of these teammates."
"Sometimes you just say some things when you should just go out there and play and put your game in order and let everything else fall into place."