In his second season as skipper of the Seattle Mariners, Eric Wedge reminds fans why he was awarded the American League Manager of the Year award for the 2007 season, as he has led the Mariners to 70 wins through 147 games; three more than they won all of last season.
The club has improved by leaps and bounds from last season, and Wedge has positioned the M's to be in the playoff hunt as soon as next season, and for years to come.
His contract is good through next season, but at the end of this year, there will be no way Wedge is let go.
Here are three reasons Eric Wedge should stay on as manager for the future of the Seattle Mariners.
Many baseball fans forget what type of team the Cleveland Indians were in 2007, the year Wedge won AL Manager of the Year.
The AL Central champion Indians beat the Yankees in four games to advance to the ALCS, with a chance to get back to the World Series and win their first title since 1948.
The Tribe took the Red Sox to seven games, but in the end the BoSox were victorious, en route to winning their second championship in four seasons.
Cleveland overachieved that year by many fans' standards, appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2001.
Although teams are expected to naturally progress, many people—including myself—had lower expectations for the Mariners coming into 2012, and the outlook from here on out is nothing but positive.
With the Indians, Wedge worked with rosters that carried mostly players 28 years old or younger, much as he is currently with the Mariners.
If there's one thing that can be taken away from that, it's that he knows how to find success with young players and harbor their talents.
The M's are still rebuilding, but Wedge has shown that the guys he has can win, and with some time they'll be a team to be reckoned with in the American League.
Who doesn't love a great mustache?
Eric Wedge featured one of the greatest ever in 2011, and it rivals, perhaps surpasses, Cito Gaston, Jim Leyland and Billy Martin for best manager mustache ever.
The Mariners didn't do particularly well when Wedge sported the 'stache; we all know he can grow it if need be.
His intimidation factor will be at an all-time high.