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Eric Wedge interviewed for the Pirates job

Oct 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

I view the Pirates’ managerial job the same way I used to view getting hired by a criminal defendant after his trial but before his appeal:  it’s nothing that’s going to end well, but really, how bad would I have to be to truly screw this up? Enter Eric Wedge, who Jenifer Langosch reports was interviewed by the Pirates for the job left vacant by John Russell’s departure.

Wedge would be a perfectly fine choice for the Pirates. He has experience taking over a young team and helping them through the growing pains. Say what you want about some of those Indians teams, but the kids generally liked Wedge and the ship stayed level. The real problems came up when people, you know, actually expected something out of the Indians. Wedge was not good in that situation, but it’s a situation that the Pirates won’t be facing for some time.

  1. djeg07 - Oct 5, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    great position for an unemotional ass like wedge, talent laden team in 2007 and choked it away. never changes roster even when the former roid using dh goes from a 40hr 100rbi guy to a singles hitting 11 mil/yr guy. guy deserves this job.

  2. linfield - Oct 5, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Eric Wedge would be the type of manager the Pirates need, the team appeared listless too often with John Russell. It’s actually not a bad job, the Pirates do have some hope for the future. Lost in the horrible record this year was the play of three mid season call ups, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Neil Walker. Andrew McCutchen is also a young, talented player, and pitcher James Macdonald was stolen from the Dodgers. It’s not like the new manager would be taking over a veteran laden team with no hope, like the 1986-87 Braves. Not suggesting the Pirates will finally have a winning season in 2011, but they’re not as far away as many believe. The NL Central isn’t exactly the toughest division in the world.

  3. Reflex - Oct 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Actually, Hafner’s decline strongly implies to me that he was not roiding. He aged just like sluggers of his body type typically aged prior to the 90’s. 27-29 were his prime years and then its all decline phase.

  4. sportsdrenched - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Don’t do it Eric.

  5. Proudly Canadian - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    He would be much better than Bobby Valentine.

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