Mariners tab Wedge

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners named Eric Wedge the club's new manager on Monday.

Seattle first needed to receive clearance from the commissioner's office to make the announcement because Major League Baseball generally opposes such moves during the postseason.

Wedge, who was given a three-year contract, will be introduced at a Tuesday news conference.

"Eric brings the energy, passion and leadership that we think is important as we move forward and he has a track record of winning at the Major League and minor league levels," said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. "Eric has taken clubs to the playoffs and he has twice won 90 games at the Major League level. As a former Manager of the Year he has experience working with both veteran and younger players and as we move ahead we look forward to his contributions."

Wedge, 42, sat out of baseball this season after managing the Indians for seven years and compiling a 561-573 record with the team.

"I think this is a terrific opportunity and I am excited to be a part of it," Wedge said. "Seattle is a great city for me and my family. With the fan support, the ballpark, the ownership and management, the Mariners are in a great position to be very successful."

Wedge was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2007, when he guided the Indians to a 96-66 finish and a spot in the ALCS. They led that series, 3-1, before falling in three straight games to Boston, the eventual World Series champion.

Cleveland didn't finish above .500 in either of the next two seasons, prompting the Indians to fire Wedge and replace him with Manny Acta.

Seattle, meanwhile, fired second-year manager Don Wakamatsu this season after the team started 42-70. Daren Brown served as the interim manager for the remainder of the season and finished with a 19-31 record.


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