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Eric Wedge on verge of becoming Mariners’ new manager

Oct 15, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

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News that Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons are both out of the running for Seattle’s managerial opening has people starting to connect some dots suggesting that the Mariners are leaning very heavily toward Eric Wedge as their new manager.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “all signs point toward” Wedge getting the job and Buster Olney noted earlier today that Wedge “did very, very well in his interview.”

Based on the list of guys they interviewed the Mariners are clearing looking for someone with previous experience managing in the majors and Wedge certainly fits that description, going 561-573 (.495) in seven seasons as the Indians’ manager prior to being fired at the end of 2009.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    If it is true, I congratulate Wedge. Toronto has a winning team and more upside than Seattle; however, he was unlikely to get the Toronto job. Valentine is very unlikely to get the Toronto job. Gibbons will never manage in Toronto again.

    • Old Gator - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

      Do you think Neil Young would like to manage in Toronto?

      Just a thought.

      Incidentally, is it just me or does Wedge look bored spitless with Cleveland in that photo?

      • JBerardi - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

        He looks like that in basically every photo. If any choice could ever rightly be called “uninspired”, it’s the choice to hire Eric Wedge. True in every possible sense o the word.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

        Young is too Old to manage in Toronto. To people of my generation, his father was much more famous in Canada than he was. Scott Young was a TV broadcaster, author and sports writer. He was most famous for appearing on the hockey broadcasts. Neil had to leave the city to get out from under his father’s shadow.

    • Old Gator - Oct 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

      No kidding? Didn’t know that about his lineage. Thanks for that information – I just remember him as a scruffy kid with Buffalo Springfield, and subsequently….

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2010 at 8:44 PM

        Young played guitar for a Toronto band named The Mynah Birds. Rick James was the lead singer. The band broke up after James was busted for being a navy deserter during a trip home. We had a super group in our midst only nobody knew it.

    • Old Gator - Oct 16, 2010 at 12:21 AM

      Great stuff. The Mynah Birds. A Navy deserter. Was the Dakota open in those days?

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 16, 2010 at 8:29 AM

        I do not remember.

  2. IdahoMariner - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    aw, man…..

  3. easports82 - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Heyman’s jumped on the bandwagon also: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/baseball/mlb/10/15/wedge.mariners/

  4. djeg07 - Oct 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    this stagnant no expression jerk wont last in seattle as long as cleveland, no emotion best quote ‘ we just keep grinding’ in 07 they ground so hard the sawdust is still sitting at homeplate at the jake. this guy sux!!!

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