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Thoughts on Wedge
September 30, 2009 - Zach Baker
So, Eric Wedge has been fired.
I wrote a column on this topic back in June (it's in the sports column archives), in which I said the Indians manager should be let go.
I don't disagree with the decision now, though I wonder about the timing (6 games left) and the awkwardness (Wedge and his staff are staying on).
Locally, this happened in 2006. Heidelberg football coach Brian Cochran was let go with a few games left on the schedule, but stayed on until the end of the season. Heidelberg didn't win any of those games, though it's safe to say that wasn't the reason (the Student Princes were going through a 36-game losing streak).
In Wedge's case, I wonder if he went to management and demanded a decision, and they'd only give it to him if he agreed not to quit. I have no idea if this is the case, but a manager staying on after dismissal happens so rarely.
Indians general manager Mark Shapiro began the press conference saying he "never envisioned" having to fire his manager.
If it's true, Shapiro either has no foresight or is in the wrong line of work.
The results of the last two seasons point to the second choice.