Eric Wedge

Eric Michael Wedge (born January 27, 1968) is an American baseball coach and manager and former catcher, who is the head baseball coach at Wichita State University.

As a player, Wedge attended Northrop High School in Fort Wayne and played on the school's state champion baseball team in 1983. He went on to attend Wichita State, and played on the Shockers team that won the 1989 College World Series. From 1989–1997 he played in the minor league systems of the Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, and Philadelphia Phillies, and played in 39 major league games with the Red Sox and Rockies between 1991 and 1994.

Wedge managed in the Cleveland Indians minor league system from 1998–2002 before being named manager of the Indians for the 2003 season. He led the Indians to a postseason berth in 2007, and won the American League Manager of the Year Award that year.[1] He managed the Indians through the 2009 season. He then managed the Seattle Mariners from 2011 to 2013, and then worked as player development advisor for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2016 to 2019[2].

Eric Wedge
Eric Wedge
Wedge as manager of Indians on April 18, 2008
Wichita State Shockers
Head coach
Born: January 27, 1968 (age 51)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 5, 1991, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 29, 1994, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.233
Home runs5
Runs batted in12
Managerial record774–846
Winning %.478
Teams
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Collegiate playing career

Wedge played catcher and Center for Wichita State University from 1987–1989, leading the school to a 68–16 record and the College World Series championship in 1989. He hit .380 for the Shockers that year, led the NCAA in walks and total bases and finished second in runs, RBI, and home runs. Wedge's performance earned him first-team All-America honors,[3] the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award[4] and he was runner-up to Ben McDonald for the Rotary Smith Award for College Baseball Player of the Year.[1]

Professional playing career

The Boston Red Sox selected Wedge in the third round of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft. While in the Red Sox major league system, he played for the Elmira Pioneers (1989), New Britain Red Sox (1989–1991), Winter Haven Red Sox (1991) and Pawtucket Red Sox (1991–1992, 1994–1995). On October 5, 1991, he made his major league debut in his only appearance of the season for Boston with a pinch hit single off Chris George of the Milwaukee Brewers.[5] In 1992, he appeared in 27 games for Boston (20 as a designated hitter, 5 as a catcher and 2 as a pinch hitter), hitting .250.

In November 1992, the Colorado Rockies selected Wedge from the Red Sox in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft. He played for the Central Valley Rockies and Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1993 and was a September call-up for Colorado that season, appearing in 9 games (8 as a pinch hitter and 1 as a catcher) and hitting .182 with 1 RBI.

The Rockies released Wedge at the end of spring training in 1994 and he was re-signed by the Red Sox on May 2.[6] He split catching duties with Scott Hatteberg for Pawtucket that season and made his final big league appearances with Boston in July, going 0 for 6 in two games as a designated hitter. He returned to Pawtucket for the 1995 season and again split catching duties with Hatteberg.

Wedge played his final two seasons with the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers organization and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1996 and 1997, respectively.

Managerial career

Minor Leagues

Wedge made his managerial debut in 1998 with the Columbus RedStixx of the South Atlantic League, leading the Cleveland single-A affiliate to an overall record of 59–81. In 1999, he was the manager of Cleveland's Carolina League affiliate in Kinston. His team took first place during the first half of the season with a 37–32 record and second place during the second half with a 42–26 record. After the season, he was named the Carolina League Manager of the Year.

The Indians promoted Wedge to manager of the double-A Akron Aeros in 2000. The Aeros finished the season 75–68, just missing the Eastern League post-season after losing a one-game playoff with Harrisburg. In 2001, he continued his ascent through the Indians' managerial ranks, leading their triple-A affiliate, Buffalo Bisons, to a 91–51 first-place finish in the International League's North Division and a berth in the post-season where they lost to Scranton-Wilkes Barre in the semi-finals. Wedge again earned post-season honors when he was named the International League Manager of the Year and Baseball America's Triple A Manager of the Year. He returned at the helm of the Bisons in 2002 and again led them to the post-season, finishing 87–57 and second in the North Division. This time, they defeated Scranton in the semi-finals but were swept by the Durham Bulls in the finals. Wedge was honored with his third post-season award when The Sporting News named him Minor League Manager of the Year.

Cleveland Indians

On October 29, 2002, Wedge was named the 39th manager of the Cleveland Indians. Over his first three years as manager, the Indians improved steadily from fourth place in the American League Central Division with a 68–94 record in 2003, to 80–82 and third place in 2004 and to 93–69 and second place in 2005. The 93 wins in 2005 were the eighth most in the more than hundred-year history of the franchise and the team narrowly missed qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2001 when they were eliminated on the last day of the season. In the American League Manager of the Year balloting for 2005, Wedge finished as runner-up to Ozzie Guillén.[7]

The 2006 season was a disappointing one for Wedge and the Indians. Entering the season, they were expected to compete for the division title, but got off to a poor start and were essentially out of the race by mid-season, trailing the division-leading Detroit Tigers at the All-Star break by 18½ games. They finished the season in fourth place with a 78–84 record, 18 games behind the Central Division champion, Minnesota Twins.

Wedge and the Indians had more success in the 2007 season going 96–66 and winning the Central Division Title for the first time since 2001. Wedge then led the Indians to beat the Yankees in four games to win the ALDS, and moved on to play the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, where they lost in 7 games. Wedge received The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award and the MLB Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2007. The following year the Indians would go 81-81, finishing third in the Central. The club, which was just four wins shy from winning 100 games in 2007, fell to the other end of the spectrum in 2009, finishing three losses from the century mark at 65-97 and further down in the Central standings at fourth.

On September 30, 2009, the Cleveland Indians announced that Wedge would not be retained as manager after the season ended.[8]

Seattle Mariners

On October 18, 2010, Wedge was named the Mariners manager, and agreed to a three-year contract.[9] In 2011, the team finished 67—95, in last place in the AL West Division, 29 games out of first place.[10] The following year he led the team to a 75—87 finish, another last place finish.[11] Wedge suffered a stroke in July 2013 and missed 28 games.[12] On September 27, 2013, Wedge announced he would not return as the Mariners manager for the 2014 season, declining their contract offer for a one–year contract extension.[13]

Toronto Blue Jays

On February 6, 2016, Wedge was hired as a player development advisor by the Toronto Blue Jays.[14] He interviewed for the vacant New York Yankees managerial position in November 2017.[15]

Wichita State Shockers

On May 29, 2019, Wedge was named head baseball coach of the Wichita State Shockers.[16]

Managerial record

As of April 12, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Cleveland Indians 2003 2009 561 573 .495 6 5 .545
Seattle Mariners 2011 2013 213 273 .438
Total 774 846 .478 6 5 .545
Reference:[17]

Broadcasting career

Wedge joined Baseball Tonight on ESPN as a Studio Analyst for the 2014 - 2015 season alongside Ozzie Guillen and Dallas Braden.[18] Wedge's analysis was featured in a segment called Cutting The Wedge.

Personal life

Wedge and his wife, Kate, donate their time to a variety of charities,[1] including a baseball camp organized by World Baseball Academy and sponsored by Automotive Color & Supply Corp.[19] January 2018 marked his fourteenth year hosting the camp at The ASH Centre in Fort Wayne, IN. Also in January 2007, he was inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Hall of Fame[20] and in February 2007, he was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.[21]

Wedge and Kate have a daughter and a son and reside year-round in Lancaster New York .[22]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Cleveland Indians: Media Guide 2007" (PDF). Major League Baseball. pp. pgs. 56–57. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  2. ^ "Blue Jays Hire Eric Wedge as Player Development Advisor". MLB.com. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Baseball Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2007. pp. p. 174. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  4. ^ "Eric Wedge (Baseball, 1987–89)". Wichita State University. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  5. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers 13, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet.org. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  6. ^ "Eric Wedge Statistics". Sports Reference, Inc. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Hill, Justice B. (November 9, 2005). "Wedge finishes second in balloting". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  8. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (September 30, 2009). "Indians dismiss Wedge, coaching staff". Cleveland Indians.
  9. ^ Stone, Larry (October 18, 2010). "It's official: Eric Wedge is Mariners' manager". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011.
  10. ^ "2011 American League Team Statistics and Standings". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "2012 American League Team Statistics and Standings". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  12. ^ Kate Wedge discusses Eric Wedge’s recovery from stroke
  13. ^ Eric Wedge tells Seattle Mariners he won't return next season - ESPN
  14. ^ Liddell, Mackenzie (February 6, 2016). "Blue Jays hire Eric Wedge as player development advisor". Sportsnet. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  15. ^ Hoch, Bryan (November 10, 2017). "Yanks interview former M's, Tribe skip Wedge". MLB.com. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  16. ^ Heying, Travis. "Former Shocker, MLB manager Eric Wedge hired as next WSU baseball coach". kansas. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "Terry Francona". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Guillen, Wedge join 'Baseball Tonight' crew". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  19. ^ https://www.worldbaseballacademy.com/online-registration/eric-wedge-camp. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Wedge, Miller, Aldridge named to Indiana Hall of Fame". The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel. November 2, 2006.
  21. ^ "Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge Coming to Kinston for Hot Stove". Retrieved April 26, 2007.
  22. ^ Manager Bio indians.com

External links

1989 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes two different All-America selectors for the 1989 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947) and Baseball America (since 1981).

1989 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1989 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1989 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its forty third year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The forty-third tournament's champion was Wichita State, coached by Gene Stephenson. The Most Outstanding Player was Greg Brummett of Wichita State.

1989 Wichita State Shockers baseball team

The 1989 Wichita State Shockers baseball team represented Wichita State University in the 1989 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Shockers played their home games at Eck Stadium. The team was coached by Gene Stephenson in his 12th season at Wichita State.

The Shockers won the College World Series, defeating the Texas Longhorns in the championship game.

1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft

On November 17, 1992, during the 1992–93 offseason, Major League Baseball (MLB) held an expansion draft in New York City to allow two expansion teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, to build their rosters prior to debuting in the National League's (NL) East and the West divisions, respectively, in the 1993 MLB season.

The 1990 collective bargaining agreement between MLB owners and the MLB Players Association allowed the NL to expand by two members to match the American League (AL). In June 1991, MLB accepted bids of groups from Miami, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, with debuts set for 1993.The Marlins and Rockies used the expansion draft to build their teams using different strategies. As the Rockies had a smaller operating budget than the Marlins, the Rockies targeted prospects with low salaries, while the Marlins selected older players intended to provide more immediate impact. All three rounds of the draft were televised by ESPN.

2010 Cleveland Indians season

The 2010 Cleveland Indians season marked the 110th season for the franchise, with the Indians attempting to improve on their fourth-place finish in the AL Central in 2009. The team played all of its home games at Progressive Field. In addition, this was the second season for the Indians playing their spring training games in Goodyear, Arizona. Manny Acta took over as the manager in 2010, after the Indians fired Eric Wedge at the end of his seventh season managing the Indians. Acta was formerly the manager of the Washington Nationals. Fausto Carmona represented the team at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Columbus RedStixx

The Columbus RedStixx were a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia. They were a Class A team in the South Atlantic League, and a farm team of the Cleveland Indians.

The RedStixx played home games at Golden Park, except during 1996. The team's home games were moved to Ragsdale Field on the campus of Columbus State University, while Golden Park was renovated to accommodate events of the 1996 Olympics. The name "RedStixx" refers to the Red Sticks, a faction of Creek Indians of the area.

Geoff Baker

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Jack Zduriencik

John A. “Jack” Zduriencik (; born January 11, 1951) is the former General Manager of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners.

Jeff Datz

Jeffrey William Datz (born November 28, 1959) is an American professional baseball scout and a former Major League Baseball player and coach for the Seattle Mariners. In 2015–16, he was listed as a professional scout for the New York Yankees.A former catcher, Datz played in seven games for the Detroit Tigers in 1989. He was a coach with the Cleveland Indians from 2002 until the end of the 2009 season, when general manager Mark Shapiro fired the entire coaching staff.

He was manager of the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1998 and 1999. Datz led the Bisons to the league championship crown in 1998.

At the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, Datz pitched for Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore.

Datz served as the bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.

On November 4, 2010, Datz was hired to be third base coach for the Seattle Mariners starting with the 2011 season.Before a Mariners game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 27, 2013, Datz announced that he was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, and Tacoma Rainiers manager Daren Brown was promoted to substitute for Datz. On July 25, 2013, Datz was named Mariners interim bench coach after Eric Wedge suffered a minor stroke. On August 23, 2013, Datz resumed his position on the team as an extra coach. On November 25, 2013, it was announced that Datz will serve the Mariners as a member of the club's professional scouting staff for the 2014 season.He then joined the New York Yankees, where he was listed as a professional scout for the 2016 season.

Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame

The Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame was established to honor those who have made a significant contribution to professional baseball in Kinston, North Carolina. Inductions usually occur during a "hot stove" banquet in late January or early February. There were four inductees in the initial class of 1983. There were no inductees in 1986 or 1987. Grady Little was elected in 2000 but could not be inducted until 2001 due to a snow storm.

Following each person's name is the year of induction in the Hall of Fame:

Jesse Barfield (1990)

Steve Blass (1997)

Bobby Bragan (1998)

Sean Casey (2009)

Pat Crawford (1983)

Cecil Fielder (1994)

Lou Gorman (1985)

Johnny Goryl (2002)

Mike Hargrove (1992)

Charlie Keller (1983)

Clyde King (1999)

Ray Kuhlman (1989)

Grady Little (2001)

Carl Long (2003)

Gordon Mackenzie (2005)

Leo Mazzone (1993)

John McLaren (1991)

Charles Nagy (2004)

Sam Narron (1988)

Chad Ogea (2008)

Pete Peterson (1984)

Jim Price (1995)

Jay Schroeder (1996)

Stan Spence (1983)

George Suggs (1983)

Eric Wedge (2007)

Rocket Wheeler (2006)

List of Cleveland Indians managers

The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio that formed in 1901. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League. The current manager of the Indians is Terry Francona, who replaced Manny Acta after the end of the 2012 season.

The Indians have had 46 managers in their history. Jimmy McAleer became the first manager of the then Cleveland Blues in 1901, serving for one season. In 1901, McAleer was replaced with Bill Armour. The Indians made their first playoff appearance under Tris Speaker in 1920. Out of the six managers that have led the Indians into the postseason, only Speaker and Lou Boudreau have led the Indians to World Series championships, doing so in 1920 and 1948, respectively. Al López (1954), Mike Hargrove (1995 and 1997) and Terry Francona (2016) have also appeared in World Series with the Indians. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was Lopez, with a percentage of .617. The lowest percentage was Johnny Lipon's .305 in 1971, although he managed for only 59 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with the Indians was McAleer's .397 in 1901.

Armour became the first manager who held the title of manager for the Indians for more than one season. Boudreau has managed more games (1383) than any other Indians manager, closely followed by Hargrove (1364). Charlie Manuel, Eric Wedge, Speaker, Boudreau, Lopez, and Hargrove are the only managers to have led the Indians into the playoffs. Speaker, Boudreau, Lopez, Walter Johnson, Joe Gordon, Nap Lajoie and Frank Robinson are the seven members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who are also former managers of this club. Of those seven, Lopez is the only one inducted as a manager.The highest win–loss total for an Indians manager is held by Boudreau, with 728 wins and 649 losses. Wedge became the first Indians manager to win the Manager of the Year award, in 2007.

List of Seattle Mariners managers

There have been 20 managers in the history of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The Mariners franchise was formed in 1977 as a member of the American League. Darrell Johnson was hired as the first Mariners manager, serving for just over three seasons before being replaced during the 1980 season. In terms of tenure, Lou Piniella has managed more games and seasons than any other coach in their franchise history. He managed the Mariners to four playoff berths (1995, 1997, 2000 and 2001), led the team to the American League Championship Series in 1995, 2000 and 2001, and won the Manager of the Year award in 1995 and 2001. Piniella is the only manager in Mariners history to lead a team into the playoffs, with one of those times after a 116-win season, tying the record for most wins in a season. None of the previous managers had made it to the playoffs before. Piniella, however, managed the team in 34 playoff games, winning 15, and losing 19. Dick Williams is the only Mariners manager to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

There have been nine interim managers in Mariners history. In 1980, manager Darrell Johnson was replaced by Maury Wills. In 1981, manager Rene Lachemann replaced Maury Wills. In 1983, Lachemann was relieved by Del Crandall. Crandall did not last a full season either, as Chuck Cottier took over his job in 1984. By 1986, Cottier was replaced with a temporary manager, Marty Martinez. After one game, the Mariners found Dick Williams to take over the role of manager. He in turn was replaced by Jim Snyder in 1988. In 2007, manager Mike Hargrove resigned in a surprise move amidst a winning streak, citing increased difficulty in putting forth the same effort he demanded of his players. Hargrove was replaced with bench coach John McLaren midseason. A year later, in 2008, the Mariners front office decided McLaren was not performing by their standards, and was fired and replaced by interim manager Jim Riggleman. New general manager Jack Zduriencik hired Don Wakamatsu as skipper for the 2009 season; after finishing the season with a .525 winning percentage, the team's poor performance coupled with off-field issues led to Wakamatsu's firing on August 9, 2010. Daren Brown, who was the manager of the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, managed the Mariners for the remainder of the 2010 season. Eric Wedge was hired to manage the team for the 2011 to 2013 seasons. Lloyd McClendon was hired as the Mariners' manager on November 7, 2013.

List of Seattle Mariners no-hitters

The Seattle Mariners are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1977, they play in the American League West division. Pitchers for the Mariners have thrown six (6) no-hitters in franchise history. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only when a pitcher (or pitchers) "allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings." The first perfect game in Mariners' history (a special subcategory of no-hitter in which "no batter reaches any base during the course of the game") was thrown on August 15, 2012 by Félix Hernández, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 victory with 12 strikeouts. The Félix Hernández perfect game and Hisashi Iwakuma no hitter both took place as Wednesday matinee games that were "Mariners Camp Day" where the team hosted local summer camps.

Lloyd McClendon

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Northrop High School

Northrop High School is a Fort Wayne Community Schools high school situated in the northern suburbs of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. Northrop is classified as 6A by the IHSAA. Northrop High School has a sister school, the Goethe Gymnasium, in Fort Wayne's sister city, Gera, Germany, since 1994.

Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West Division. The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome. Since July 1999, the Mariners' home ballpark has been T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.

The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M's, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992. They adopted their current team colors – navy blue, northwest green (teal), and silver – prior to the 1993 season, after having been royal blue and gold since the team's inception. Their mascot is the Mariner Moose.

The organization did not field a winning team until 1991, and any real success eluded them until 1995 when they won their first division championship and defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The game-winning hit in Game 5, in which Edgar Martínez drove home Ken Griffey Jr. to win the game in the 11th inning, clinched a series win for the Mariners, served as a powerful impetus to preserve baseball in Seattle, and has since become an iconic moment in team history.

The Mariners won 116 games in 2001, which set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the Major League record for most wins in a single season.

Through the end of the 2018 season, the franchise has finished with a losing record in 28 of 42 seasons. The Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, and one of two (along with the Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series. They hold the longest playoff drought in all of the four major North American professional sports, having not qualified for the playoffs since their 116-win season in 2001.

Wichita State Shockers baseball

The Wichita State Shockers baseball team represents Wichita State University in the sport of baseball. The Wichita State Shockers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and in the American Athletic Conference after 72 seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference.The Shockers have made the College World Series seven times, winning the national championship in 1989. Wichita State has the fourth highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I baseball history, trailing only Texas, Florida State, and Miami (FL).

Current head baseball coaches of the American Athletic Conference
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