Eric Wedge would love to be the manger who is focusing on having his Seattle Mariners finish out the season strong and start working on how to have a better ball team next year. Chances are, however, that he won’t be getting that chance. The glory days for Wedge when he was the AL manager of the year in 2007 for the Cleveland Indians are a distant memory.
He had the credentials to come to Seattle in 2011 and do a good job. It hasn’t happened, and isn’t going to happen soon.
Instead, Wedge’s Mariners, at 66-85, are set for their third straight fourth-place finish in the AL West. The only reason it’s not their third year in last place is that the Houston Astros moved over to the division this season as the fifth team. Wedge has been able to recover from the stroke he sustained in July which forced him to miss 28 games. The Mariners were recently swept at home by the lowly Astros, which should obviously never happen.
Wedge has faced criticisms all season for his managerial strategies which some have labeled as old-school. He has seemed to lack imagination and hasn’t found a way to help the Mariners be a consistent winner.
The Mariners front office hasn’t given Wedge much talent to work with and bringing in a new man isn’t likely to help, but Wedge hasn’t been able to get Seattle into a position to be a threat now or in the near future. That’s why he’s probably managing his final games as a Mariner this month.