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Mariners will hire Eric Wedge as manager

Eric Wedge was named American League manager of the year after guiding the Cleveland Indians to Game 7 of the ALCS in 2007.  (AP File Photo)
Eric Wedge was named American League manager of the year after guiding the Cleveland Indians to Game 7 of the ALCS in 2007. (AP File Photo) Associated Press

Multiple reports say that former Indians manager Eric Wedge will be announced as the new manager of the Seattle Mariners.

A source in the Mariners said an official an announcement might not come till next week.

Earlier reports today, said that candidates Bobby Valentine and John Gibbons had been notified that they would not be receiving the job.

Wedge, 42, managed the Indians from 2003 to 2009, compiling a 561-573 record.

In 2007, the Indians went 96-66, won the American League Central, beat the Yankees 3-1 in the ALDS and were one game away from beating the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS to go to the World Series. Wedge was named AL manager of the year that season.

Expectations were high for the Indians for the following season. They had CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona in the rotation, and Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, Casey Blake, Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta in the lineup.

But the team crumpled under expectations and lack of production. Westbrook and Hafner got hurt and missed most of the season, Martinez also missed several games with elbow problems, Sabathia started off slowly and then was eventually traded, as was Blake and closer Joe Borowski.

In 2009, they got off to another slow start with Hafner, Sizemore and Asdrubal spending time on the DL. And they never recovered. Lee, who wasn’t sharp early in the season, was traded at the deadline, as was Martinez, and the losses piled up. On Sept. 29 of that season, the team announced Wedge wouldn’t return.

Wedge is a former catcher, who was drafted in the third round of the 1989 draft by the Boston Red Sox. He made his major league debut in 1991. In 1992, he played 27 games.

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