The Cleveland Indians have announced a 1:30 p.m. press conference, where it will be announced that manager Eric Wedge will be fired at the end of the season.
Wedge managed the Kinston Indians in 1999 before eventually taking over the big league team from 2003-2009. He was inducted into the Kinston Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in February 2007.
ESPN is speculating that Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, who spent a lot of time in Kinston as the Indians’ director of player development over the years, could be the next Cleveland manager.
My take: This move was probably overdue, although I hate Wedge wasn’t able to get things going in Cleveland. It didn’t help his effort, though, when the Cleveland brass decided to trade Victor Martinez to Boston and Cliff Lee to Philadelphia.
Hopefully, one of the nicest managers I’ve ever talked to — former K-Tribe skipper Torey Lovullo — will get a shot at the Cleveland job. Lovullo has worked his way up the organizational ladder from Kinston in 2003 and 2004 to Triple-A Columbus, where he managed the past four seasons, although the first three were in Buffalo.
Lovullo is a heck of a manager — he won titles in Kinston (2004) and Double-A Akron (2005) before landing in Buffalo/Columbus. He was considered for the Dodgers gig in 2006 and the Pirates job a year later.