Topic: eric wedge; stroke; robby thompson; stress
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August 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM
ADDITIONAL NOTE: If you missed my Talkin’ Baseball segment on Sports Radio KJR this morning, you can hear it above. Keep in mind, it was done before I talked by phone with Eric Wedge this afternoon.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge is eager to get back in the dugout this coming Friday. Wedge told me today he’ll be the manager and the guy in charge, but Robby Thompson will continue to help him get up to speed and ease back into things for a bit.
Still, this will be a big day for Wedge, coming just one month after he suffered a mild stroke.
Read my story online and in tomorrow’s paper about what Wedge told me on how he plans to cope with some of the stress that was responsible for the stroke happening in the first place.
In other news, there’s a report out there that general manager Jack Zduriencik has agreed to a one-year extension with the team. Now, there have been rumors floating around for a while now that Zduriencik has already been assured he’ll be back for 2014. In fact, it’s been said that he may have had the extension quietly given to him before the season even began.
Now, why the Mariners would do such a thing — if they did — and not tell anyone is something we can all guess at. Teams don’t always announce extensions right away.
I asked president Chuck Armstrong about it and he said it isn’t the team policy to comment. OK, then, so I picked up the phone, called Zduriencik and asked him point blank if it was true. He declined to comment.
“Howard (Lincoln) and Chuck (Armstrong) would be the ones to announce something like that, if there’s any truth to it,” Zduriencik said.
So, there we are.