Eric Michael Wedge
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Wichita State University
- Debut October 5, 1991
- Final Game July 29, 1994
- Born January 27, 1968 in Fort Wayne, IN USA
In 1989, Eric Wedge led college baseball in Total Bases and Walks, and was second in Runs and Runs Batted In while catching for the College World Series champion Wichita State Shockers. He was signed by scout Larry Thomas for the Boston Red Sox as a 3rd round selection in the 1989 amateur draft (one round ahead of 3B Jeff Bagwell). For the Elmira Pioneers that year, he hit .234 with 7 HR and 22 RBI in 41 games, but was named the #3 prospect in the league.
Wedge made his big league debut late in the 1991 season with the Red Sox and saw most of his big league playing time the next year with the BoSox, hitting 5 homers in 27 games. That winter, he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the expansion draft but missed most of the 1993 season due to an elbow injury. He returned to the Red Sox in 1994 and had his last cup of coffee in the majors that year. He played in the minors through 1997.
Wedge, as of 2006, is the only player in Major League history with a last name that starts with "Wed". There are currently no players in the minor leagues that have a chance of "threatening" this title any time soon, although there have been plenty of former minor leaguers whose names began with "Wed": Jeremy Wedel, Gary Wedel, Mark Wedel, Terry Wedgewood and Jeff Wedvick.
Wedge led the Cleveland Indians to the ALCS in 2007 and was named American League Manager of the Year as a result. He was fired after the 2009 season, but in 2011 was named manager of the Seattle Mariners. On July 22, 2013, he was hospitalized after suffering a dizzy spell during batting practice before one of his team's games. The cause of the fainting was not immediately identified and Wedge had to spend a few days in hospital as coach Robby Thompson filled in for him on an interim basis. The problem was identified as "a very mild stroke" and he made a full recovery, although he missed a full month while recovering. With the Mariners finishing the season in a disappointing fourth place, only saved from the cellar by the woeful performance of the Houston Astros, Wedge announced that he would not return for the 2014 season; the announcement came three days before the end of the season, at which point he would certainly have been dismissed anyway.
In 2016, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays front office as a player development adviser, although there was also speculation that he was a manager-in-waiting, in case John Gibbons was unable to repeat the previous year's success. He was one of a number of persons associated with the Cleveland Indians to be hired by the team following Mark Shapiro's appointment as team president.
- AL Manager of the Year Award (2007)
- Division Titles: 1 (2007)
|Cleveland Indians Manager
|Seattle Mariners Manager