Mariners Hire Eric Wedge As Manager

SATURDAY, 5:20pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that Wedge will be paid close to $1.9MM per year through the life of the contract. He was likely the Pirates' top choice for their managerial opening as well.

MONDAY, 12:09pm: The Mariners announced Wedge's hiring today, with a press conference to take place tomorrow.  Said Wedge: "With the fan support, the ballpark, the ownership and management, the Mariners are in a great position to be very successful."

FRIDAY, 7:34pm: Wedge's deal is for three years, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

3:45pm: The Mariners will hire Eric Wedge to be the team's next manager, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Wedge, the 2007 manager of the year with the Indians, beat out Bobby Valentine, John Gibbons, Lloyd McClendon, Cecil Cooper and others for the job. The Blue Jays and Pirates were among the teams who were reportedly considering Wedge for their managerial vacancies.

The highlight of Wedge's tenure in Cleveland came back in 2007, when the Tribe made it to the ALCS before losing to Boston. The 42-year-old led the Indians to a 561-573 record in seven seasons. 

Back in April of 2004, the Indians traded Milton Bradley to the Dodgers when it became clear that he was no longer a fit in Cleveland. Wedge perceived a lack of hustle from Bradley, and that perception contributed to the trade. The two will be reunited in Seattle, but Wedge no doubt convinced Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik that his relationship with Bradley will be workable.


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68 Comments on "Mariners Hire Eric Wedge As Manager"


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shockey12
4 years 8 months ago

Awesome!

Now I don’t have to worry about the Jays getting him

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Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

I think there should be much rejoicing in Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee.

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Ian_Smell
4 years 8 months ago

I know I am. Though I wouldn’t have minded him.

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patburn
4 years 8 months ago

Wedge wasn’t too bad of a coach. I mean with the terrible Indians owners, what can you expect to do? His star players kept getting traded, so he couldn’t field a competitive team.

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Patattack
4 years 8 months ago

Actually, he had a few competitive teams. I’ll forgive him for the 2008 season because it was injury ridden, but 2004 was a year that they had a chance to make the playoffs, and they started out very poor. In 2009 (a team that had stars like Lee and Martinez), he led them to a 90 loss season, the majority with their stars, which is why they got traded, since they obviously needed to rebuild in order to compete in the forseeable future.

He also didn’t maximize the talent of some of his players, like Ryan Ludwick, Brandon Phillips, and Josh Barfield (that may be a stretch). Basically, he just didn’t get the most out of his players.

However, Wedge is a great person, and I really do wish him the best out in Seattle.

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Hubbs2
4 years 8 months ago

Cause he was to blame for the power outage in ’09? Not one guy slugged above .500 and only one even above .470. Not to mention anybody not named Cliff Lee, who wasn’t even all that good that year, or Kerry Wood were lucky to be considered major leaguers.
He was terrible to let go of Ludwick after he had a .300 OBP, and I know he’s an idiot because the GM wanted to trade three future all stars for Colon. Barfield, really?? He had one average year in SD. Not to mention Martinez didnt even play 100 games that year, was that his fault too?

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Patattack
4 years 8 months ago

First off, I never once said the Wedge was “terrible” or an “idiot” like you’re implying, so please don’t put words in my mouth, because I think he has a great baseball IQ, and will hopefully learn from his mistakes.

Secondly, the 2009 team was predicted by many people to win the division, given their strong play from other players when the key guys went down in 2008. With an offense of Sizemore, Cabrera, Choo, Victor, Hafner, Garko, Peralta, DeRosa, and Fransisco, it looked promising for hitting (by the way, which one of these guys weren’t considered major leaguers?). The bullpen was predicted to be one of the best in baseball. Also, if Cliff Lee wasn’t good that year, doesn’t that explain not getting the best out of his players? And did you notice that his team quit trying for him in JUNE of that year?

You proved my point about Ludwick, too. If he had such a terrible OBP with Wedge managing him, why did he have great success under Tony LaRussa (.996 OPS in ’08). And what does the Bartolo Colon remark have on anything relating to Wedge? Charlie Manuel was the manager then. The only way that could be good for anything is to show that he didn’t win with all-star caliber players acquired in that trade.

And if you read the comment about Barfield, you would have seen that I said it was a stretch, but giving his success as a rookie, he had success. Same with the Victor comment. You would have seen that I said that I forgave Wedge for the 2008 season, but I was talking about 2004, where Victor played in 141 games, and in 2009, where he played 155. So, with that said, he did not get the best out his players.

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4 years 8 months ago

Josh Barfield? Yeah that is a streach…

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Take him, we want Donny Baylor.

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

Speak for yourself…

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Hubbs2
4 years 8 months ago

You want Baylor? Im sorry

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

That was my thought exactly!

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Backup_Slider
4 years 8 months ago

The downside could be that the Jays will get Milton Bradley instead – be careful what you rejoice over.

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 8 months ago

How do you figure that?! The Jays don’t need, and won’t be getting, another outfielder unless something drastic happens.

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Hermie13
4 years 8 months ago

Makes sense. I mean…..last time they hired a fired Indians manager it worked out so well…..lol

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iains
4 years 8 months ago

Yup, scratch Wedge from AA’s list.

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Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

This was definitely not the best choice….

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4 years 8 months ago

valentine looks stupid for turning the marlins down now.

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icedrake523
4 years 8 months ago

No, he doesn’t. He was probably ticked off at the snafu during the season and then whatever happened in his recent interview. I’m positive the Mets gig has always been #1 on his list anyway. Even if he doesn’t get a managerial position, working for ESPN isn’t a bad job and managers are fired every single year so there will be more opportunities. Besides, it’s the Marlins, a franchise that’s not committed to winning.

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4 years 8 months ago

I’d have to think Valentine is the frontrunner for the Mets job especially if Alderson gets the GM position