Eric Michael Wedge is the manager of the Seattle Mariners, and while that may not be headline news in many cities, there has been reaction to the hirinng.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, for instance, where Wedge went to high school, the response was that it's about time. Wedge has a love for 'all things John Wayne' and will drink his coffee black, thank you.
Chicago's Phil Rogers writes that Wedge had told 'confidantes' that he was the Cubs second choice and would get the job if the team couldn't land Joe Girardi. Hmmm.
Out in the blogosphere, the reactions are a bit wilder, as you might expect. At Jockposts, there's amazement that the manager fired by the Indians last year - 'the second worst team in the American League' - has been hired to manage, well, the worst team in the AL.
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At the enchantingly named Babes Love Baseball, the ladies are unimpressed with the hiring. The only impressive thing on Wedge's resume, they say, was that 2007 trip to the AL Championship Series.
Halos Heaven keeps it short if not sweet. Wedge is the latest 'fired manager' to be rehired, and implies it's the Good 'Ol Boys network once again.
At Sodo Mojo, the take is considerably kinder. Wedge's reputation is for getting the most from young talent. The problem? The Mariners, they say, don't have enough real talent. Mopupduty clearly wanted Wedge to manage in Toronto, and they've pulled quotes from his former Indians players - CC Sabathia, Grady Sizemore, Kelly Shoppach - to help explain why.
There's more out there, and if you find an intriguing take, please add it to the list. Imagine how much may get written once Wedge, like, speaks.