Ken Macha

Ken Macha

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Kenneth Edward Macha (; born September 29, 1950, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and manager. During an 8-year managing career, he managed the Oakland Athletics (2003–2006), whom he guided to the American League's Western Division championship in both his first and final seasons with the team, and the Milwaukee Brewers (2009–2010).

During a 6-year playing career, Macha played in 1974 and from 1977-1981 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, and the Toronto Blue Jays. He is a first cousin to Hal Newhouser. In the offseason, he lives in Murrysville, Pennsylvania with his family.

Playing career

Macha is a graduate of Gateway High School in Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and played college ball at the University of Pittsburgh. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round of the 1972 June draft. He was the Eastern League batting champion in 1974 with the Thetford Mines Pirates. He hit a combined .258 in 180 Major League Baseball games. He spent four years in Japan (Chunichi Dragons), from 1982 until 1985, as well.

Coaching career

He retired as a player in 1985 and joined the Montreal Expos as a major league coach in 1986. He spent six seasons with the Expos before moving to the California Angels as bullpen, then third base, coach. He joined the Boston Red Sox organization in fall 1994.

The 1997 season marked Macha's first as manager of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In the previous two...
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