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Now it’s official: Welcome, Mr. Wedge

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Oct. 18, 2010 at 10:23 am with 9 Comments »
October 18, 2010 10:27 am

Jack Zduriencik and the Seattle Mariners have formally announced Eric Wedge has the team’s 15th manager.

“Eric brings the energy, passion and leadership that we think is important as we move forward,” Zduriencik said in a press release, “and he has a track record of winning at the Major League and minor league levels. Eric has taken clubs to the playoffs and he has twice won 90 games at the Major League level. As a former Manager of the Year he has experience working with both veteran and younger players and as we move ahead we look forward to his contributions.”

The release also offers this from Wedge: 

“I think this is a terrific opportunity and I am excited to be a part of it. Seattle is a great city for me and my family. With the fan support, the ballpark, the ownership and management, the Mariners are in a great position to be very successful.”     

Wedge will be formally introduced to the media in a 1 p.m. press conference Tuesday.

The news in hardly unexpected, but by hiring Wedge now the Mariners can begin the process of putting together a 2011 coaching staff – expect pitching coach Carl Willis to remain – and get on with righting the many wrongs confronting the team itself.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. 120 losses- lets go!!

  2. bigmike04 says:

    what is Eric Wedge smoking because I want a hint of that, Seattle Mariners do not have great ownership sorry but this ownership proves to me that this team will not be good because their cutting back payroll and not wanting to spend on hitters…

  3. bkeyport1970 says:

    Does Nintendo (FIRE NINTENDO!) have a stake in the cable companies, Dish and DirecTV? I’m guessing they do, because they keep making moves that makes their fans want to watch other teams and that costs extra….

    Wedge has a horrible record – almost as bad as Wak’s… Thanks, Nintendo, you’re playing games with our team. Get out of baseball.

    I’ve given up on baseball in seattle.

  4. What a pathetic franchice. F the Mariners. Go Rainiers!

  5. Really funny article in the PI this morning ripping the Mariners for this move

  6. mojjonation says:

    As long as Ichiro is happy with his place on the club, the front office won’t give a care as to what the fans want. Even when Ichiro is gone, they will continue to make some of the worst baseball moves ever. The best anyone can hope for is that Ichiro moves on or retires, the ownership sells the team, the new owners fire Armstrong and Lincoln, and they begin all over to rebuild the team. Time and time again, Armstrong and Lincoln have displayed the level of incompetence that would get you fired from pretty much any other job on the planet. Yet these two morons seem to be able to hang on to a job that neither of them has displayed the aptitude to keep. What gives? Oh I know. An ownership group that is non existent unless Ichiro is upset. Then they step in and do what good ole number 51 wants, and disappears again, much like ninja!

    People are complaining about the choices for Senator. The Mariners are a microcosm of that. Every manager since Sweet Lou left has been a bust. It is always the lesser of all evils, and for sure the cheapest.

  7. What he said –

    “With the fan support, the ballpark, the ownership and management, the Mariners are in a great position to be very successful.”

    What he meant –

    ” If enough fans show up at the ballpark, the ownership and management will make a lot of money and the mariners will be very successful”

    The Mariners slogan for 2011? “Seattle Mariners – it’s not about winning or loosing, it’s about turning a profit.”

  8. Pray4Peace says:

    What a joke. A pathetic freakin’ joke.

  9. footballscaa says:

    My Oh My.

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