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Eric Wedge Still Has a Job

DETROIT - JULY 08:  Eric Wedge, manager of the Cleveland Indians, looks on from the dugout while playing the Detroit Tigers on July 8, 2008 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
chris daviesAnalyst IMay 20, 2009

And I don't understand why.

I have never been the kind of person who throws a coach under the bus. Maybe it's because I aspire to be a coach, or maybe it's because the players are the ones who are competing on the field.

But at this point in the Cleveland Indians season, I have had more than enough of blown leads and missed chances and I'm ready to see Eric Wedge get the boot.

Last night, watching one more game slip between our fingers in the latest of innings, I lost my hope.

It's May 20, the Indians are 8.5 games out and eight games under .500. These are difficult odds, but not insurmountable odds, to overcome. Something tells me that nothing is going to get better under Eric Wedge, however.

Since May 6, there have been five moves made between Columbus and Cleveland. During the same time span, the line-up and defensive alignment have been tinkered with what seems like 100 times.

Clearly Wedge's incessant tinkering hasn't benefited the team, but rather resulted in continued exercises in futility.

I can't say that some of his moves haven't been warranted; for instance, the decision to send Masa Kobayashi to the minors, or to drop Grady Sizemore in the line-up, have been a long time coming.

Truthfully, those moves came much later than they should have, all because of Wedge's stubbornness.

The brain trust of Shapiro and Wedge has been dominated by the latter half for the past few years, and the bench coaches clearly aren't speaking out either.

If the Indians organization wants to make a statement and really show this team that they mean business, then it is time to stop shuffling relievers like playing cards and make a move that says something: Fire Eric Wedge.

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