Eric Wedge lost his job and kept his uniform.
Wedge was fired Wednesday as manager of the Cleveland Indians, who are in the final days of a terrible season that began with high hopes.
Despite being told he would not be back next season, Wedge will manage the last six games of his seventh year with Cleveland, which entered Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox one game out of last place in the AL Central.
“I still wanted to finish what we started this year,” said Wedge, who led the Indians to one playoff appearance since 2003 and went through two rebuilding projects with the midmarket club. “I felt it was the right thing to do. It’s been a long run here – as managers go.”
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General manager Mark Shapiro said he and owners Larry and Paul Dolan came to a collective decision on Wedge’s future “fairly recently” and that Cleveland’s coaches were told Tuesday night that they would not be retained for the 2010 season. Wedge is under contract for 2010.
Wedge’s firing had been rumored for weeks, and although him still being around makes for an awkward situation, he’s glad to have some resolution.
“It’s been a big elephant in the room for a while,” he said.
Shapiro said the Indians will begin their search for a new manager soon. Among names that figure to be mentioned are Boston pitching coach John Farrell, former Indians and Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove, former Arizona manager Buck Showalter and the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus manager, Torey Lovullo.
Meanwhile, Cleveland All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow in early September and a week later had surgery to repair a sports hernia, has begun light workouts and expects to be fully ready for spring training.
Derek Jeter homered against Kansas City’s Robinson Tejeda leading off the bottom of the first inning Wednesday night, and the new Yankees Stadium became the first major league stadium with home runs in all but one regular-season game.
Three ballparks had home runs in 79 of 81 games, according to STATS LLC: Edison Field (2000), Coors Field (2001) and U.S. Cellular Field (2004). The only game without a home run at Yankee Stadium this season was on June 18, when the Washington Nationals won. 3-0.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer will have season-ending surgery after tearing muscles in his groin and lower abdomen. Moyer, a former Mariner, was injured on his final pitch in the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 7-4 win over Houston on Tuesday night. He tore two tendons in his left groin and one in his lower abdominal region. He’s expected to be ready for spring training. … An MRI revealed that New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, on the disabled list since May, has a new tear in the injured right hamstring. Doctors will try to make a determination as to whether Reyes needs surgery. … San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.