The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker tweets that the Mariners have officially named Eric Wedge manager of the club. Wedge gets a three-year contract and will be officially announced at a Tuesday press conference at Safeco Field. He'll be the club's 15th full-time manager.
Wedge brings a distinguished resume to the position with Seattle. In his last tenure, he took Cleveland to within a game of the World Series before dropping the 2007 ALCS to the Red Sox in seven games. Cleveland's 2007 success helped him win the Manager of the Year Award.
His seven-year tenure with the Tribe included three fourth place finishes and an overall 561-573 record. Besides 2007, only the 2005 AL Central runner-up team finished above .500. The 2008 squad was an exact 81-81.
He takes over from Daren Brown, the interim skipper who piloted the Mariners to a 19-31 record following Don Wakamatsu's dismissal on August 9th. The Mariners were a historically inept hitting ball club, scoring the fewest runs of any American league club in the 38 years since the designated hitter was introduced.
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