Yeah we all know the Mariners hired some dude with an awesome mustache named Eric Wedge. Wedge is a no BS kind of a guy. He gets straight to the point and is all about business. If you don’t perform or you don’t pay attention to detail, your not an Eric Wedge-type player (bye-bye Milton Bradley). He managed the Cleveland Indians for seven years, from 2002-2009, taking them to the playoffs in 2005 and 2007. Wedge also becomes the seventh man to manage the Mariners in the last eight years.
The question is do we really care? To be honest, I’m not really sure that I do. I love the Mariners, I have no problem with Eric Wedge, but I am sick and tired of getting excited about moves we make off the field, only to be an embarrassment on the field. Do we really attribute our teams failures and success’ to our managers. A year ago we thought Don Wakamatsu was the greatest manager since Lou Pinella, then he got fired 9 months later. Managers in baseball don’t matter as much as you would think. I’m not going to get excited about some hire in October until I see some results in an actual season.
I’m sick of hearing words from the Mariners front office, promises of building a better team, telling us things will turn around. I want to SEE things turn around, I want to see it in the AL West standings and out there on the field, not a bunch of empty promises that don’t get backed up.
Eric Wedge possesses qualities that could help this team become better. He wears his passions on his sleeve, and he’s loyal as can be to his players. For how bad the team was last year under Wakamatsu, it makes sense to hire a person that is on the opposite spectrum, as Wedge is. But really, when it boils down to it, will the players be able to perform at a high level under Wedge? I don’t know, and until that happens, this hire is just another way of the Mariners TELLING us they will be better. It’s time to SHOW us!
* Here’s a link to an interview Wedge did with KJR this morning. Scroll down a little ways to find it.
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