Pirates interview Eric Wedge
On Tuesday afternoon the Pirates’ interviewed former Indians’ manager Eric Wedge –the first to be interviewed for the new managerial job with the Bucs.
The club did not discuss any other information regarding the meeting nor did they provide how many others will be interviewed for the position.
In 1998 Wedge made his managerial debut with the Columbus RedStixxx –the Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians– where he was named manager of the year.
He was promoted to managing the Double-A Akron Aeros in 2000. Wedge continued to climb the organization.
In 2001 he was promoted to manage the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He was named International League manager of the year as well as Baseball America’s Triple-A Manger of the year.
On October 29, 2002, Wedge was named the Manager of the Cleveland Indians. The young ball club continued to improve under his lead in the first three years as manager. A 68-94 record in 2003, 80-82 in 2004 and 93-69 in 2005.
Wedge was released by the Indians’ in 2009 (a record of 561-573). With the club he was named AL Manager of the Year and also led the Indians to the American League Championship Series in 2007. (The Indians beat the Yankees in four games to win the ALDS)