Do you really know anything about Cleveland’s Manager Eric Wedge? I never really knew much about him until I did a little homework. The myth is that he won a raffle to coach the Cleveland Indians in October of 2002. The 40-year-old Wedge seems to want to stay in the backround and quietly oversee what happens.
Eric Wedge went to high school in Indiana and was part of a state championship winning team in 1983. He played college ball at Wichita State, where he helped the Shockers win the 1989 College World Series of Baseball Championship. Wedge was a catcher drafted in 1989 by the Boston Red Sox. He played a total of nine minor league seasons with Boston, Colorado, Detroit, and Philadelphia. He was called up by Boston in 1991, 1992, and 1994. He also played briefly for the Rockies in 1993 in a “cup of coffee” end of the year promotion.
Wedge was hired to manage the Indians in 2002, at the age of 35 years old, making him the youngest manager hired since 1985. Wedge did a nice job turning the Indians back in a positive direction, and his teams have been hit-or-miss the last few seasons. A look at Eric Wedge’s years as manager of the Indians:
- 2003 – 68-94, nothing memorable.
- 2004 – 80-82, good improvement from previous season.
- 2005 – 93-69, eliminated in the final day of regular season.
- 2006 – 78-84, trailed Detroit by 18.5 games at All-Star break.
- 2007 – 96-66, lost to Boston in ALCS.
- 2008 – 81-81, strong finish after a rash of injuries forced changes.
Look for Wedge to remain the quiet leader. He knows he has a nice group of veterans, some key free agent arrivals, and a couple of young guys to fill the roster with. Wedge looks like he will be in Cleveland for many years to come, barring disaster.