Out After 2013
With just three games remaining in the 2013 MLB season Seattle Mariners‘ Manager Eric Wedge has announced that he will resign his coaching duties after Seattle’s final series with the Oakland Athletics. Likely beating out Jack Zduriencik and the rest of the front office before they fired him, it was an unspoken truth around the Mariners‘ organization that Wedge would not see time with the club in 2014.
Though he’s done a few good things, most of Wedge’s tenure has been about unfulfilled promise.
Hired in 2011 to help jump start a clubhouse that just didn’t have the right pieces, Wedge came in with a passion to rebulid the Mariners but never saw his actions through. He has compiled a 212-271 record with the club as of today and couldn’t seem to get his players over the offensive hump.
In a statement made by Zduriencik this afternoon, the Mariners’ General Manager accepted Wedge’s resignation and thanked him for his three years of service, thus drawing to a close the latest frustrating chapter in Seattle Mariners’ team history.
But was it really all that bad under Wedge? Was he the one to blame?
To answer the above to questions requires both a yes and a no response to each. On the one hand, the Mariners still couldn’t get anything going in terms of a playoff push and were consistently well under .500 and far behind any spot of contention.
Their offense improved a little this year but still couldn’t maintain any momentum as bats would come and go as they pleased. Young talent hasn’t been fully developed, players are underperforming, and there is no standout interest from the city of Seattle to go catch a few games.
But, as you read the statements above, you have to remember the runs the team could go on, the brilliance they flashed, and the dominance they had at the front of their pitching rotation.
Even this year the Mariners were on fire in the month of July and saw themselves in somewhat of a contending spot. Secondly, there has been a recent emphasis on giving the young guys in the organization a shot at the big league level and many of them have looked pretty impressive at times, signaling that there may be some promise for the coming years.
Interestingly enough, Zduriencik, the man who essentially put all of these pieces together, will still be given a shot to help turn the organization around.
While this may seem trivial to some, I believe that if he finds the right coach to keep the young talent on track and brings in the right pieces to compliment those young players, Zduriencik could still see success in the Emerald City.
But, as will all things, only time will give us the answer to that.
As for now, Wedge is out.