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Wedge tells Mariners he will not return next year

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm with 6 Comments »
September 27, 2013 4:28 pm
Mariners manager Eric Wedge told the team Friday morning he will not be returning. / AP photo
Mariners manager Eric Wedge told the team Friday morning he will not be returning. / AP photo

Earlier today Eric Wedge notified the Seattle Mariners that he has chosen not to return to manage the club in 2014.  He and the club agreed that he will manage the team for the final three games of this season and will fulfill the remainder of his contract (which expires October 31, 2013).  The 2013 season was his third in the position.

An update from Ryan Divish:

Wedge said he was offered a one-year extension at the end of  last season, but refused feeling it should have been more.

Executive Vice President and General Manager Jack Zduriencik said, “I accept Eric’s decision not to return and thank him for his hard work here the past three years. I want to wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

The final three games of the season will be played at Safeco Field in Seattle against the Oakland Athletics. The series begins tonight at 7:10 pm PT and continues with 1:10 pm PT games Saturday and Sunday.

Wedge was named manager of the Mariners on October 18, 2010. He managed the Cleveland Indians for seven seasons (2003-2009).

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  1. goneshootin says:

    Jack Z’s now going to hire his THIRD manager in five years. What a track record. What’s worse, the clowns above him are letting him do it. Jack’s MLB moves have been terrible. And, what about his scouting ability? We’re now 5 years in, and don’t have a sniff of an all-star player that he’s drafted/uncovered and developed. Pathetic.

  2. Skysport says:

    The Astros will hire Wedge in the next year or two and he will lead them to a division title before the M’s get there. You heard it here first.

    Seriously, good luck to Wedge. I truly thought he was the right guy at the right time. Turns out there is no “right time” for the Mariners.

  3. RonFromBeaconHill says:

    I was a fan of Jack Z until this. Now I think he stinks just like Howard and Chuck. What BS.

  4. dakineinthemuk says:

    ..ok, then…wedgie should perhaps just cited health reasons and moved on…and the gm has a 1 year…oh, my…recipe for disaster fully realized…so a lame duck gm does the hiring of another mgr…there is a light tho..right??…pitching staff has some htg potential…chuckie as closer looks fine to me…others uh, need some work…verdict not a disaster …lineup/..seager, miller, nick f(??????)(needs to get health check immediately)mickie z at catcher, morales will be gone..i like abe in o/f and lead off, how bout gutti, saunders, ackley, trunfel, so many question marks… so little time…all this and a new mgr…i would take robby t..just because i think he’s right guy…so do ya shake it up..”rebuild”..argh..about that light, uh, can i get back to ya…go m’s…..please

  5. Now if only Jack Z, Armstrong and Lincoln would all do the same.

    That being said, name Robby Thompson manager. The team seemed to respond pretty well to him.

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