According to Yahoo! Sports, Eric Wedge has informed the Seattle Mariners that he will not be returning for the 2014 season. Here is what general manager Jack Zduriencik had to say about it.
”I accept Eric’s decision not to return and thank him for his hard work here the past three years. I want to wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
Apparently Wedge has not been happy about Seattle’s lack of concern about getting a long-term contract extension worked with him. This season was the last of a three-year deal that he signed prior to the 2011 season. Since he felt that they were not making him a priority, he would look for work elsewhere.
Wedge finished in last place in the American League West division in each of his first two seasons. This season he happily welcomed the Houston Astros into the division to save him the embarrassment of 3 consecutive last placed finishes. This has been a difficult stretch for the Mariners and it is probably a good idea to turn a new leaf over and pursue a different coach. This looks like one of those cases where Wedge wanted to quit rather than be let go which was seemingly coming soon.