2012: Spent second season as Mariners manager in 2012. ... Was 75-87 (.463), an eight-game improvement over the 2011 season. ... Mariners were 39-36 (.520) following the All-Star Break. ... Mariners had the third-lowest ERA in franchise history and led the AL in fielding percentage. ... Collected career win #700 vs. LA Angels Oct. 2 in Safeco Field.
PERSONAL: Eric Michael Wedge... resides in Mercer Island, WA...Eric and his wife, Kate, have a daughter, Ava Catherine (7) and a son, Dalton Cash (5)...attended Northrop High School in Ft. Wayne, IN, and was a member of its state championship baseball team in 1983...was a firstteam All-America catcher at Wichita State University where he was a member of the Shockers 1989 National Championship team... was first-team All-America, won the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year award, won the Rotary Smith Award for College Baseball Player of the Year and was runnerup for the Golden Spikes Award.
HALL OF FAME: Inducted into the Wichita State University HOF (1996), the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007), the Kinston Baseball HOF (2007), the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame (2008), the North East Indiana Baseball Association HOF (2009), the Great Lakes League Hall of Fame, the Northrop HS Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in Nov., 2011.
COMMUNITY: Eric and Kate Wedge give generously of their time and financial support to a wide variety of community programs...in January, 2013 they created The Wedge Foundation(501c3), focused on assisting women and children in need...in Seattle the Wedges are active with Mariners Care, Camp Korey, Children's Hospital Visits, Toys For Kids, the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Tree House, the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America...nationally, Kate and Eric support Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association...Eric travels annually to his home town of Ft. Wayne, IN, to do a banquet and clinic as fundraisers to support local programs, and Kate runs the Carol K Classic Golf Tournament in her hometown of Buffalo, NY, in honor of her mom...during their time in Cleveland, the Wedges participated and donated time at the First Energy Grand Slam Summer Literacy Program, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Providence House, The Woman's Center of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland YWCA & the CIC Celebrity Golf Classic, along with several other endeavors.
MANAGERIAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Owns a career 703-755 (.482) record as a Major League manager in 9 seasons with Seattle (2011-) and Cleveland (2003-09)...counting 5 seasons in the minors is 1,094-1,070 as a manager (.506)...was 2007 AL Manager of the Year, leading the Indians to Major League-best 96-66 record (tied with BOS)...lost to Boston in 7 games in ALCS...from 2005-08, led the Indians to a 348-300 record (.537), the 7th-best record in the Majors over that span...Indians posted consecutive seasons of double-digit win increases in his first 3 seasons from 2003-05 (68, 80, 93)...the 25- game win improvement from 2003-05 was the 2nd-best in MLB over the span...named the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year (2001) and The Sporting News Manager of the Year (2002) with AAA Buffalo...made his managerial debut in 1998 with Columbus one year after retiring from baseball.
SEATTLE CAREER: Named the 18th manager (15th full-time) in Mariners history on Oct. 18, 2010...posted a 67-95 (.414) mark in 2011 in debut season with Seattle despite having 12 players make their MLB debuts, and playing 18 rookies...rookie pitchers accounted for 23 wins, 60 starts and 79 relief appearances; rookie hitters were responsible for 1,352 at-bats, 332 hits, 39 homers and 158 RBI...won his first two games as Seattle Manager (April 1 & 2 at Oakland), just fifth manager in club history to win his first two contests...collected career win #600 June 26 "at" Florida in Safeco Field...inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame in Nov., 2011...has five career ejections with Seattle (last: 8/7/12 at BAL, 14th inn.).
MANAGERIAL CAREER: Managed seven seasons in the Majors with Cleveland from 2003-2009...compiled a career 561-573 (.495) record in 1,134 games at the helm of the Indians...posted a .500 record in three of seven seasons, including three of last five years...relieved of his duties as Indians manager Sept. 30, 2009, but completed the season (last 6 games)...ranks 5th all-time in Cleveland wins (561) and had the 4th-longest tenure in Indians history...led the Indians to the 2007 ALCS and came within one game of reaching the World Series...named the 2007 AL Manager of the Year, the only Indians skipper to receive the award...Cleveland had the 8th-best winning percentage in the AL with Wedge at the helm...had the 7th-best record in the Majors over 4-year span from 2005-08...in 2009 the Indians were 65-97 (.401) and finished in 4th in the AL Central... season was marred by a slow start and traded defending AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and All-Star catcher Victor Martinez...in 2008 guided the Indians to an 81-81 (.500) record and 3rd-place finish...in 2007 the Indians posted a Major League-best 96- 66 record (tied with Boston) and brought home its first Division Championship since 2001 (defeated NYY 3-1)...led the ALCS vs. Boston 3-1, but dropped 3 straight to fall one game short of the World Series...finished 8.0 games ahead of Detroit to win the AL Central...the 96 wins marked the seventh-highest total in franchise history, going 26-9 over the final 35 games...named the American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA, The Sporting News and Negro League Baseball Museum...one of just four Managers in Indians history to win a playoff series (Speaker, Boudreau & Hargrove)...in 2006 Cleveland finished 6 games under .500 with a 78-84 record, finishing 4th in the AL Central...were 31-20 from Aug. 9-end of the season with a team that finished up the season with 17 rookies...led the Indians to the ninth-highest win total in club history in 2005 with a 93-69 (.574) record, the sixth-best record in MLB...Cleveland narrowly missed the playoffs on the season's final day...the Indians posted the best record in MLB from July 31-end of the season (39-18)... named runner-up in the AL BBWAA Manager of the Year voting...managed his second full season for the Tribe in 2004 as he led the club to their biggest single season improvement in terms of wins since 1991-92; team was 80-82, 3rd place, 6th best improvement over previous year in MLB...finished sixth in the 2004 AL Manager of the Year voting...named 39th manager of the Cleveland Indians on Oct. 29, 2002...compiled a record 68-94 (.420) in 2003, his first season managing in the big leagues (managed 25 rookies)...became the youngest manager since 1985 in MLB at 35 years, 64 days old on opening day...received votes in the 2003 BBWAA AL Manager of the Year voting (8th place).
MINOR LEAGUE MANAGER: Managed in the Indians minor league system for 5 seasons from 1998-2002, compiling a record of 391-315 (.554)...his teams qualified for the playoffs in 3 of 5 seasons...managed the AAA Buffalo Bisons for two seasons (2001-02), guiding the Bisons to consecutive appearances in the International League playoffs and a 178-108 (.622) record...in 2002 he led the Bisons to a record of 87-57 (.604) losing in the IL finals... named The Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year...in 2001 piloted the Bisons to a modern-day franchise record 91 wins (91-51, .644) and named IL Manager of the Year and Baseball America Triple-A Manager of the Year...in 2000 managed the AA Akron Aeros (Eastern League) to a record of 75-68, just missing the playoffs after forcing a one game playoff at the end of the season...guided A Kinston Indians in 1999 (79-58) to a spot in the Carolina League playoffs and after the season was named Carolina League Manager of the Year...began his managerial career in 1998 at A Columbus (59-81) of the South Atlantic League after concluding his playing career in 1997.
PLAYING CAREER: Began his professional career in 1989 after being selected in the 3rd round of the June draft by Boston coming off a National Championship at Wichita State... made his ML debut Oct. 5,1991 with Boston...in 1992 he belted all 5 of his ML homers in 27 games for the Red Sox...selected by Colorado in the November, 1992 expansion draft in the 2nd round...spent most of the 1993 season on the Major League disabled list with an elbow injury...appeared in 9 games at catcher for the Rockies during their inaugural season before signing back with the Red Sox in 1994...made it back to the big leagues for the final time with the Red Sox in 1994...overall spent parts of 4 seasons in the Majors and played professionally for 9 seasons (1989-97)...embarked on his managerial career in 1998 after undergoing 8 surgeries over the course his playing career that ended his career after the 1997 season.