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Ken Macha says he isn't worried about his job status for next season, but his meeting with reporters yesterday provided a couple of interesting tidbits:
  • Macha stressed that he has an "open door" policy with players, but very few have taken the time to sit down with him.
  • Doug Melvin, who has repeatedly been given opportunities to give a vote of confidence to Macha, continues to stick to his line about "evaluating after the season."
While Ken Macha might be headed somewhere, Prince Fielder likely is not, at least in the short term. In an interview during last night's game, Mark Attanasio told Telly Hughes the team doesn't need a major overhaul and gave no indication of any major moves on the horizon.

Meanwhile, there might be a move on the horizon for Carlos Zambrano. Rumors surfaced yesterday that the Cubs may be looking to move him and his big contract this offseason, and Zambrano was none too happy about it after the game. Jorge Says No! has a list of teams that might be interested.

Manny Parra said "there's small progress being made," but will still undergo an MRI on his stiff neck and will almost certainly not make his scheduled start on Friday. Either Chris Narveson or Josh Butler will likely start in his place, with the other pitcher being the first guy out of the bullpen.

Do you like debating the merits of Jason Kendall and want to expand the debate to a new audience? The Book Blog wants to know how long Kendall (and David Eckstein) should be allowed to play in the major leagues. Break out your best "But he calls a good game!" and head on over.

The Brewers unveiled their 2010 schedule yesterday, and will open the season at home on April 5 (FanShot). They're also starting all home games at ten minutes after the hour instead of five. Tyler Maas has a list of things you can do with that extra five minutes.

Around baseball:

Astros: Mike Hampton underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and damage to his labrum and will miss the entire 2010 season.
Tigers: Magglio Ordonez made his 455th plate appearance last night, triggering a vesting option that will pay him $18 million next season.

If you've got half an hour to kill today and are looking for a discussion of replacement level players, Joe Posnanski has a worthwhile read on what exactly replacement level is, the reasons why a team would play a below-replacement level player, and how the Royals have spent all of 2009 with one on their cleanup spot.

Happy birthday today to Bronswell Patrick, who appeared in 32 games for the Brewers in 1996 and turns 39. He happens to share a birthday with Robin Yount, who turns 54.

Oh, and if you're going to run onto the field, you need to be in better shape than this.

Drink up.