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Wedge: “The contract was not the reason I’m not coming back here”

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm with 6 Comments »
September 28, 2013 2:16 pm

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.

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  1. I don’t blame Wedge at all. The manager is the guy who shoulders the public blame, so naturally he wants to manage his way. Sounds like Howard and Chuck are exercising their vast knowledge of baseball again…

  2. Skysport says:

    Maybe we’ll never know the truth about all this. But I’m ready for it to blow down the damn road. It’s starting to remind me of those stinking reality shows on MTV.

  3. Too bad Wedge is leaving & not Z. It’s about time someone told the truth in mariners land.

  4. Quinault says:

    Let me paraphrase: I wanted players, they want profits. I wanted a team to grow with, they want to churn the roster. They want to scapegoat the hitting coach (for example), and I don’t.

    I base this on all the roster moves this year, the lack of free agents, and on past practices in where coaches are shown the door due to poor team performance.

    I hope that the passing of Mr. Y will open up the options as to team leadership as well as ownership. Now that they own Root Sports, the revenue stream should be diversified, as well as increased. You have to put a good product on the field and we are not there yet.

    Win or lose tomorrow, we should still have a pretty good selection and position in next year’s draft. Maybe we will be able to not rush him to the show, but I doubt it.

  5. We disagree a fair amount Quinnault, but we completely agree here.

  6. Quinault says:

    I also suspect that Wedge wanted to play Ryan consistently at SS and the front office wanted to play kids. And how many outfielders were thrown into the mix? Line up juggling could be a part of the consistency portion of Wedge’s statement.

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