Mariners manager Eric Wedge is still on the job and not about to go quietly. Wedge read the media coverage of yesterday’s events and was not pleased with statements by the team that his decision to leave was mainly about his lack of a contract extension beyond 2014.
This morning, Wedge was blunt about why he chose to leave.
“Let me be clear here: the contract is not the reason I’m not coming back here,” Wedge said. “If they’d offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn’t have come back here. So, let’s be clear with that.”
Wedge was asked to go into greater detail.
“It’s where they see the club,” he said. “They being Howard (Lincoln), Chuck (Armstrong) and Jack (Zduriencik). And where I see the club and my vision for the future and theirs, it’s just different. And that’s about as plain as I can make it.”
Wedge said his vision of the future is sticking with the young players the team has committed to, adding to that mix and then being patient and sticking with the program.
“And having consistency,” he said. “You have to have consistency with personnel. Every time you turn over, you start over again to a certain extent.”
Wedge said he wasn’t just talking about himself and the coaching staff, but also the players the team has chosen to bring in.
“The whole gambit,” he said.
The Mariners did bring in a bunch of veterans this past off-season but mostly on one-year deals. He’d like to see the team commit to more stable pieces that can help the younger players not just now, but down the road. And not only veterans on thir final legs, but players in their prime.
When I mentioned to him that Zduriencik yesterday suggested that he and Wedge were mostly on the same page vision-wise, outside of their contract differences, Wedge shook his head.
“That’s not the case,” he said. “Like I said, I’m not not coming back here because of the contract. It’s because of how they see things and how I see things.”More