Cubs Manager Candidate: Eric Wedge
Multiple sources reported that former Cleveland Indians skipper Eric Wedge met with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts in regards to the vacancy at the Northsiders’ managerial position. The 2007 MLB Manager of the Year in Cleveland has been thought of as a potential candidate for the job for some time now. After a few quiet years in the majors, Wedge began his managerial career in 1998 as skipper for the Columbus Redstixx. Moving quickly up to the Triple-A ranks, Wedge was named Triple A Manager of the Year and Minor League Manager of the Year while managing the Buffalo Bison. Wedge was named the Indians manager in 2003. In his first three years in Cleveland, Wedge improved the ball club. In 2005, the Indians won 93 games and just missed out on making the playoffs. The Indians regressed in 2006 finishing the year in 3rd place in the AL Central. The next season the Indians won the division and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Wedge’s next two seasons were disappointments and the Indians decided not to resign him in 2009. The 42-year-old manager does have a good reputation and a history of improving struggling teams like the Cubs. However, do the Cubs want to hire a manager who has only took a team to the playoffs one time in his career? Wedge is an interesting candidate for the Cubs job, but I wouldn’t call him a favorite for the job.