With another disappointing season under his command, the Cleveland Indians have finally decided to release Manager Eric Wedge. With a current record of 64-92, what else can they do? This is the second year in a row that the very talented Tribe have been a disappointment.
How do you go from 96-66, one win away from a trip to the World Series, to becoming the bottom-dweller in your division? The Tribe haven't finished last in their division since 1991, when they drug up the rear in the AL East, and they have never finished last since joining the AL Central.
Wedge's dismissal is probably a culmination of many things.
First, start with his trading away of two Cy Young winners, two seasons in a row. Then, look at the current roster. How many of the players they received in those trades are even playing right now with any consistency?
When your team begins to take a turn for the worse, you have to do something to spice it up, to make the players believe you are going to do something about your losing ways. Usually, replacing the man in charge is the obvious choice.
Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Wedge's. I liked him from the start, but I think that he has lost his touch with this group of players and it's time for him to move on.
John Farrell, former Indians pitcher and pitching coach, who currently serves in the same position for the Rex Sox, is the early candidate to replace Wedge.
As a lifelong Indians fan, I am sad to see Wedge go.
But I also look forward to the future of this team and yearn for the glory seasons of Indian's baseball.