Jack Zduriencik and the Seattle Mariners have formally announced Eric Wedge has the team's 15th manager.
“Eric brings the energy, passion and leadership that we think is important as we move forward,” Zduriencik said in a press release, “and he has a track record of winning at the Major League and minor league levels. Eric has taken clubs to the playoffs and he has twice won 90 games at the Major League level. As a former Manager of the Year he has experience working with both veteran and younger players and as we move ahead we look forward to his contributions.”
The release also offers this from Wedge:
“I think this is a terrific opportunity and I am excited to be a part of it. Seattle is a great city for me and my family. With the fan support, the ballpark, the ownership and management, the Mariners are in a great position to be very successful.”
Wedge will be formally introduced to the media in a 1 p.m. press conference Tuesday.
The news in hardly unexpected, but by hiring Wedge now the Mariners can begin the process of putting together a 2011 coaching staff - expect pitching coach Carl Willis to remain - and get on with righting the many wrongs confronting the team itself.