The Day You've Been Waiting For: Eric Wedge FiredTake a snapshot of this day.
It will be the one and only day that Eric Wedge is a trending topic on Twitter.
Unless of course he does something crazy during a baseball game and every gets all a-twitter about it.
Like, throw a rosin bag as if it were a grenade.
Where was twitter when THAT guy went batty.
When it rains, it pours.
At least for the rest of the coaching staff.
According to Anthony Castrovince, the staff was informed yesterday that they were being let go as a result of the firing of Eric Wedge, that will be official when the season is over in a few days.
Like I said, when it rains, it pours.
Wedge knew for at least a few days that his time was up. Further proving though he's a stand-up guy and playing the season out like he would had he been retained.
I'll eventually be able to talk all about Eric Wedge, so let's cover the immediate.
The next manager could bring back guys like Luis Rivera or Joel Skinner, but for now, they are jobless. I'd personally let the new guy bring in who he wants. However I'd save the bacon of ONE coach. Luis Rivera.
Rivera has that bond with the Latin players like Fausto Carmona, Asdrubal Cabrera, etc. that is CRUCIAL for the psyche of some of these young guys, especially those two.
It would be very very bad if they didn't bring him back and the guy they did bring in doesn't develop that relationship. A lot of people think Luis Isaac's firing had an impact on that aspect.
I'd bring back Rivera in the same role, maybe even move him to third.
Joel Skinner, Jeff Datz, Derek Shelton, Carl Willis, and Chuck Hernandez, go away. I love Carl Willis, but the staff needs a new voice, just like the team needs a new manager and voice.
The press conference is happening in about 45 minutes as I type this. I'm hopeful it will be online somewhere as I'll not be home til about 4:30-5:00 to catch it on television as it happens.
Remember the double-header today starts at 4ish so they'll get that out of the way.
The point I want to make with this firing is this, and I'll expand upon it later.
It comes down to a business decision more than anything. On the field doesn't matter. If it were up to Mark Shapiro, I'm sure he'd consider keeping Wedge. But if you factor the business aspect into the deal alone, by it self, it HAD to be done.
In the end, you can crush Shapiro for trading Lee and Martinez.. But the reason he did it is the same reason this front office had to fire Eric Wedge. Never mind the product on the field or the job he did.
Finances would hurt, very bad, very very very bad, if Wedge were brought back.
It's well known the entire casual fan base was sick of Eric Wedge and there was the serious potential that some would make it hurt in the wallet if he was retained.
I have no doubt in my mind.
I know many casual Indians fans and have many of them as my friends. I don't think one Facebook status will read "Man! I can't believe the fired Eric Wedge!" Or had he been retained, them say "Hey Wedge is Back! Go Tribe!"
That's not saying firing Wedge is the wrong move.. But Firing Wedge is a necessary business move if the Indians want to save face.
Again, it's a business, and Eric Wedge didn't do a fantastic job in my eyes. He did a good job, and again, he wasn't the problem, but he wasn't the solution. If he isn't the solution, he can be replaced.
That brings me to the final point that I'm going to make in this post, but you better believe I'm not done.
Hoynes and now Castrovince sort of hinted that the hire would come from out of the organization. Torey Lovullo will probably be considered as a candidate, but the guy the Indians WANT is John Farrell.
And this isn't something I've brought up here because I haven't really discussed the issue, but it's something I was aware about when it came out.
Farrell has a clause in his contract preventing him from taking a managerial job. Why he would work that into his deal is beyond me, but it's there.
This is just chatter, there is no source or link out there, but I've read several ideas that the Indians would probably make a push to get the Red Sox to forget about that clause. Of course that may mean financial reasons for them to do so, so if they want Farrell real bad, they'll have to fork over some cash.
Did I mention they still owe Eric Wedge one million some for next season?
Perhaps they won't sign a single free agent, even a bargained incentive one they usually do. Perhaps all the cash they've saved and have will be put to getting themselves the guy they want.
Oh the fun has begun. Last year we got to see and I got to talk endlessly about the money spree the Indians decided to go on in the offseason, which is truly a once in a lifetime thing in the Shapiro-era.
This season we get to see the calculations of hiring a new manager.
The fun really has begun... Strap yourselves in folks.
1:50 Edit: Mark Shapiro just spoke to the media and Eric will apparently be doing s in about fifteen minutes. I'll have thoughts on all that later today or tomorrow. Should be noted that this is our the 1,000th post of this blogs existence... How crazy that it's Wedge's firing.