A day after announcing that he had no intention for returning to the Seattle Mariners after this season, Eric Wedge wanted to clarify a few things as to why.
Much was written about the idea of Wedge only being offered a one-year contract extension. It’s something general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted as the reason why. But on Saturday, Wedge said the contract had nothing to do with it.
“Let me be clear here, the contract was not the reason I’m not coming back here,” Wedge said. “If they offered me a 5-year contract, I wouldn’t have come back here. Okay. So let’s be clear on that.”
So if it’s not the contract, what is it?
“Where they see the club, they being Howard (Lincoln), Chuck (Armstrong) and Jack, and where I see the club and my vision of the future is just different,” Wedge said. “That’s as plain as I can make it.”
Wedge’s vision of the future is a little broad.
“It’s just about sticking with the kids you believe in, adding to it, being patient and sticking to the program,” Wedge said. “And having consistency. You have to have consistency of personnel. Every time you turn over, you start over again to a certain extent.”
And what’s their vision?
“I’m not going to get into that, you’ll have to ask them,” Wedge said.
On Friday, Zduriencik said that he and Wedge had the same vision of the future, the only difference was the contract. But Wedge shrugged off that notion.
“Yeah, well, that’s not the case,” he said. “Like I said, it’s not because of the contract. It’s because of how they see things and how I see things.”
One of the factors may have been his control over the roster and daily line-ups, which may not be as autonomous as it seemed. Did he have the control he expected as a veteran manager?
“No, not to the extent I would have liked,” he said.
Sources also said that management wanted Wedge to make some changes to his coaching staff, which he was adamantly against. That’s where his comment of consistency of personnel came in to play. It’s a major reason for his unhappiness.