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Is Eric Wedge on the way out?

Sep 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

Just over a week ago, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik suggested that Eric Wedge will be back as the Mariners’ manager next year. A talk radio host in Seattle, however, is hearing differently:

 

Now, take that with a big grain of salt, as there have been an awful lot of these sorts of blind reports from talk radio guys over the years that have not been borne out.

That said: what if Jack Zduriencik himself is on the way out? If so, his endorsement of Wedge may not be worth all that much. And given how poorly the Mariners have played and how uninspiring they have been for the past couple of years, it’s not at all clear to me why we should assume either the general manager or the manager should be back.

  1. chacochicken - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    We’re all on the way out. Some of us just sooner than others. I’d like Steve to quantify “pretty good”.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Some chicken! Some neck!

    • drone501 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      lol if i were him i would worry about my health instead of managing a major league team. lots of stress.

  2. seattlenative57 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Getting swept at home by Houston should tell everyone all they need to know.

  3. largebill - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Don’t know this guy, but it is a common tactic for radio sports talk guys to make these type of predictions (thinks that seem pretty likely) and then only remember the ones they got right.

  4. herkulease - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I bet they’ll use his health to give Wedge an out rather than out right firing him.

    They are 6-14 since his return. A few close loses but most were beat downs. You’d think the players would try a whole lot harder after their manager returns from suffering a stroke.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      I’ve never been an Eric Wedge fan, even when he was in Cleveland but in fairness, look at the talent he has had to work with the last few years. Even the players they brought in through trade, or through free agency, most of them have been hurt. Franklin Gutierrez comes to mind too. They have some decent players in the coming years coming from the farm system. I just don’t know many other managers that could have done a better job than Eric the last few seasons.

  5. mc1439 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Your mom was on her way out last night.

  6. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    After his firing, all future Mariner managerial changes will be called a Wedgie.

  7. brimab - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Sandmeyer is a hack. That said, I’m thinking a housecleaning might be in order regardless. Starting with the team Presidents office.

  8. Bob - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    They just got swept at home by the Astros. I’d say it’s time for a change in the front office and in the manager’s office.

  9. b453841l - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Maybe time to let Jack Zduriencik go.

  10. mazblast - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Jack Z seems to have exceeded his level of competence. While he has a great reputation as a front office assistant, his tenure as a general manager has not exactly been a rousing success.

    As for Wedge, I think he’ll exit with a nice settlement from the team. It’s more important that he take care of himself than to try to get performance out of this collection of meh players.

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