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Eric Wedge will not return to manage the Mariners in 2014

Sep 27, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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Eric Wedge has informed the Mariners that he will not return to manage the team in 2014, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. On Wednesday, Wedge had expressed frustration that the Mariners had been taking so long to inform him of his job status, saying, “I feel like I’m hanging out there.”

In his three years as skipper in Seattle, the Mariners have had three losing seasons, entering tonight’s action with a 212-271 record (.439) since the start of the 2011 season.

There is some concern about the team’s direction since general manager Jack Zduriencik is only on contract for one more year. Rosenthal says that the Mariners are open to “revisit” Zduriencik’s status once he hires a new manager.

  1. billybawl - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Bad move. Now he can’t collect unemployment insurance.

  2. Reflex - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Good news. Wedge is a nice guy but not a good manager.

  3. djeg07 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    wedge sux! should’ve never been manager higher than low-a ball.
    gotta love his constant sniffle as in coke sniffs…
    good luck in your future endeavors!

  4. swu32733 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Eric Wedge has done a decent job with not much talent to work with. As a long time Mariner fan I am sorry to see him go. He is the wrong scapegoat. The Mariners need to go higher up the food chain and get rid of the senior people at the top to solve the problems. I wish Eric Wedge the best.

    • Reflex - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      The Mariners have had several consensus top ten prospects take a step back in the majors over the last couple years. Smoak, Montero and Ackley were all can’t miss prospects, and all have failed to live up to it. Wedge was hired because he had a reputation for being great with young developing players, but that has not proven to be the case.

      He may be a good baseball man, and he is a helluva nice guy, but he needed to go.

  5. wisbadgfan - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I agree with swu32733—–Eric Wedge has done a good job with the Mariners.

    He is a good baseball man, and also a good person.

    He eventually will get another chance to manage.

    I hope his health is now good—-I wish him all the best.

  6. denny65 - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Say hallelujah!

  7. docwat - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Regardless of how you feel about Eric Wedge (I thought he did well bringing along the newbies with patience), the lack of forthrightness towards Jack and Eric from ownership leaves a feeling of such uncertainty about the direction the M’s are going. There’s some good things there, and a .500 season is not out of reach, with good future prospects. I hope they move quickly and install Robby T. as full-time manager.

  8. jonkchar - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    the wrong guy got cut

  9. 1twinsfan - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I expect Wedge will be a candidate for the Twins managerial job but he’d be in the same boat as Gardy, in terrible need of good starting pitching and someone who can get runners in. Our LOB percentage is just too high. Wedge or Sciosia (sp?). sigh, hey, how about those Lynx?!

  10. thisdamnbox - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Agree with all who put the blame on the front office. It’s a sickness from the CEO and President to GM on down. Failure to prepare great prospects for the Majors, disastrous free agent signings (Figgins, Kotchman, Sexson, Spiezio, Jeff Cirillo – close enough to a FA deal.), some of the worst trades in history…They’re a AAAA level team (yes, 4 As!) who trade the Rafael Sorianos, Brandon Morrows, Adam Joneses, Doug Fisters, Mark Lowes, Carlos Guillenses, Jason Variteks, David Ortizes, Brian Fuenteses…sorry, got carried away…

    Bottom line: It won’t matter who the manager will be in Seattle (7 since Piniella was done after ’02). They got their ballpark. Seattle thanks them for saving the team from Tampa, but as long as the current ownership and executives are in place you can play one of the NW’s favorite drinking games: Count the Ex-Mariners in the Post Season…

    Sorry so long-winded…Frustrated Ms fan…

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