Eric Wedge is Leaving
The Mariners just announced that Eric Wedge won’t be back next year. The way they phrased it was designed to make it sound like it was his decision to not return, so that’s how this story is going to be spun. In reality, Wedge made it very clear a few days ago that he thought he deserved to be retained and wanted to continue on, but was unhappy with the way his situation was handled. This may have technically been a “you can’t fire me, I quit” kind of thing, but the way the situation has been handled, it’s not terribly surprising that Wedge felt unwanted.
I’m not going to miss Eric Wedge. I don’t think he was a significant asset, and at times, he was a real problem. Maybe the next guy Jack hires will care more about performance than aggressiveness. Realistically, though, it’s going to be someone already in the organization, since the good outside candidates aren’t going to want to come into this situation. Ted Simmons and Robby Thompson seem like the most likely candidates. I’d imagine this won’t take very long, since it’s going to be a promote-from-within situation.