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September 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Eric Wedge talks about playing the young guys

One more hitter. One more game. One more inning.
For the young players on the Mariners’ roster, every opportunity to step on the field provides a new learning experience, a chance to go through a situation they haven’t seen before.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he wanted to get Alex Liddi some time in the majors, so he spends the offseason thinking about what that experience was like, not wondering what it could be like to be on a major league roster.
“That’s big, having something to work off of, good and bad, is a good thing,” Wedge said.
Wedge wants his young players to have a template, so they’ll know how to adjust when they’re faced with similar situations in the future.
“Every night is an experience and every night somebody gets better, goes through something they need to go through,” Wedge said. “The next time they go through it they’ll have that experience.”


For Wedge, Charlie Furbush’s start Wednesday night is a perfect example of the situations he wants these players to experience. The 25-year-old left-hander went into the eighth inning, clinging to a 1-0 lead, but allowed three runs in the eighth and ended up with the loss.
It wasn’t the way Furbush wanted his outing to end, but Wedge said he is stronger now, because of the experience.
“You keep putting them in positions they haven’t been in before, that you need to see them in, so they can keep moving forward,” Wedge said. “When I’m putting the lineup together today, I’m thinking about tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.”
The long-term goal is that players get enough experience through the end of year that, by next season, there is less need for turnover, because the players in the lineup are more consistent.
“How it plays out, time will tell,” Wedge said. “We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing right now to find out, to give it every opportunity to play out.”

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