When it comes to Cleveland and baseball, we will always have the chicken-egg debate. Is it the manager, or is it the players? And when asked the same question during the 1:30 press conference today, Eric Wedge said that he tried to do his best with the hand he was dealt over the last seven-plus seasons.
ESPNCleve/WKNR’s Michael Reghi questioned the slow starts that have plagued this team over the past several seasons, and Wedge was quick to take the blame for his team’s sputtering out of the gate. He was also quick to point out the successes as well, but understands how the business works. Wedge was then asked if he feels that he was given a “full, complete shot” with this team – the one that traded away two Cy Young winners.
“I’m the manager of the team. It’s my job to go out there and win ball games. There are not asterisks that says only if you have this, that or the other. Its your job to do that. I’m a big believe in being accountable for what you do. I preach it to the players, the people around me. That’s the way I live – I take responsibility for this no different than others within this organization do as well.”
Challenges of finance and the mid-market team were very prevalent within the press conference. Wedge claimed the two-sided argument, saying that it’s also more rewarding when you win with these resources. But if Eric Wedge leaves the Indians and follows the same path that was given to one Charlie Manuel, will he experience similar success?
After all, there has to be something at least remotely attractive about Wedge given his tenure with this team coupled with the lack of playoff appearances. But how much of this downfall is his doing versus the boatload of misses that have occurred through the farm system/drafts along with the cash-strapped nature of MLB in the markets?
Only time will tell on Wedge’s future success. The Dolans, Mark Shaprio and players had nothing but glowing remarks for their soon-to-be-ex-head coach. And with Eric Wedge and his harem of coaches out of the picture come 2010, how long does Mark Shapiro have to turn this thing around before it is him that is having the exit interview?