Wedge, entire coaching staff dismissed
As expected, the Eric Wedge era is over.
Wedge and his entire coaching staff have been dismissed. A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET today at Progressive Field to announce the moves.
It is my understanding that Wedge has known about the move for several days, while the coaches — including hitting coach Derek Shelton, pitching coach Carl Willis, bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, first-base coach Luis Rivera and third-base coach Joel Skinner — were informed following Tuesday’s rainout.
Wedge and his coaches are all expected to remain aboard for the season’s final six games, which includes today’s doubleheader against the White Sox and the four-game trip to Boston to close out the year.
The Indians will still be on the hook to pay Wedge somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.3 million in 2010.
Larry and Paul Dolan met with Shapiro and assistant GM Chris Antonetti over the last few weeks to discuss many topics, with the managerial situation a major item on the agenda. It had been speculated that ownership would push the front office for a managerial change.
Regarding Wedge’s eventual replacement, an internal hire is considered highly unlikely. If that’s the case, then the Tribe will go outside the organization to hire its manager for the first time since John McNamara took over in 1990.
It is possible that some members of the staff will stay aboard, if the new manager sees fit.
In seven seasons, Wedge has compiled a record of 560-568, with one division title and playoff appearance in 2007, when the Indians finished one win shy of the World Series. Among the 39 full-time managers in Tribe history, Wedge ranks fifth in wins, third in losses and fourth in games managed.
Plenty more to come on Indians.com today and tonight.
UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): Plenty of quotes and analysis on the main site tonight…
The mainbar on the moves is here.
A feature on Wedge’s graceful departure is here.
An early (and that’s the operative word) look at the managerial opening and what the Indians are looking for is here.
Player reax are here.
Coach reax are here.
Also of note today, reliever Joe Smith had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove loose bodies. The Indians said he’ll be on track for normal baseball activities in Spring Training.
That’s it for the blog tonight, but we’ll catch up in Boston during Lame Duck Weekend.