Brewer manager Ken Macha will probably not survive the off-season. It's certainly not his fault that the Brewer pitching and defense has been so mediocre this season. But a change at the top plus many changes to the roster seem to be in the offing. One thing you can say about Macha though , is that he is a professional. Case in point...Trevor Hoffman. Baseball's all-time save leader was brutally bad earlier this season...so bad that Macha removed him from the closers's role. Now Hoffman could have pouted , asked for his release, or accepted his fate and played out the string this season before moving on. Instead he went back to work to figure out the problem. Now Macha could have easily said....sorry, John Axford has done well and he's now our closer. But Macha also knew how close Hoffman was to a major milestone...600 saves....and has used him in the closer's role again down the stretch. Hoffman reached the milestone last night. It's a tribute to his hard work over the years to stay in better shape than players much younger..but also to the professional nature of his low key manager who ignored his earlier futility and gave him the chance to reach the goal. Hoffman's early season performance will probably play a part in Macha's getting fired but both men know that getting fired, benched or cut are all part of professional sports and that's something that will never change.
Tiger Woods was named to the Ryder Cup team yesterday as one of Corey Pavin's captains picks. He's joined by Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and 21 year old Rickie Fowler.
The Badger football team up one spot this week to 11th in both major polls. The Badgers host San Jose State this Saturday at Camp Randall.
This is the anniversery of Bert Campaneris playing all nine positions in a major league game for the Kansas City A's. His regular position was shortstop. Do you think any manager would allow a player to do that today?
Songs of the Day (from the I-pod)
Give One Heart-Linda Ronstadt (1976) from her excellent Lp "Hasten Down The Wind" comes this pseudo-reaggae tune.
Give Peace A Chance-John Lennon (1969) His anthem for the anti-war movement was written during his bed-in honeymoon with Yoko. It was recorded in a Montral hotel room with many of the celebrities of th day attending. Watch for Tommy Smothers on acoustic guitar.