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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Wedge.’

Hafner provides last at-bat magic in Cleveland win

 

Travis Hafner (file photo)

Travis Hafner is one of the few veterans left on a relatively young Indians team. He is definitely one of its leaders.

Hafner was the hero Friday night as he belted a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Seattle closer Brandon League gave the Cleveland Indians another dramatic win, 5-4 victory over the Mariners.

Hafner, who was in a homer drought since April 17, hit an o-1 pitch from League (0-4) over the center-field fence, sending the crowd of 33,774 home happy.

The victory was the Indians’ ninth last at-bat win.

Tony Sipp (2-0) pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to earn the win.

The loss spoiled the homecoming of Seattle manager Eric Wedge in Cleveland.

Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley also homered for the Indians.

 

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

Laffey heads West as Indians & Mariners hook-up on another trade

The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners always seem to be partners when it comes to trading players.

The Indians traded lefty Aaron Laffey, was going to have a tough time earning a spot on the pitching staff, whether it would be starting or relieving. The tribe are loaded when it comes to young pitchers.

Seattle sends minor-league infielder Matt Lawson to Cleveland.

Aaron Laffey (file photo)

Matt Lawson (file photo)

Laffey will be reunited with Eric Wedge and Carl Willis in Seattle, his former manager and pitching coach in Cleveland.

The trade cleared space on the Indians 40-man roster for newly-signed reliever Chad Durbin.

Laffey was 2-3 in 2010, with a 4.53 ERA and spent time on the disabled list because of a tired left shoulder.

The 25-year-old Lawson is very versatile as he can play second base, shortstop and the outfield. He will report to the Double-A Akron Aeros minor-league camp. Playing for AA Frisco and West Tennessee last season, he hit a combined .293 (134 for 458) with 75 runs scored, 26 doubles, 9 homers in 118 games.

compiled from Cleveland Indians & Seattle Mariners news

Eric Wedge takes over rebuilding job in Seattle

Since Lou Piniella left the Seattle Mariners bench as the manager in 2002, the manager’s office in the Pacific Northwest has been revolving door of who’s coming next!

The other managers were Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McLaren, Jim Riggleman, Don Wakamatsu and Daren Brown. At least Piniella stayed 10 years and that added stability to the franchise but now another manager is ready to jump in to take control of a losing team.

After a year away from baseball, former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge is ready to go again.

Eric Wedge is now in Seattle (MLB)

Megasportsnews.com reported Saturday night that Wedge would be the next Seattle manager, but it was officially confirmed on Monday that 42-year-old Wedge was hired as the Mariners seventh manager since 2003 and he received a three-year contract.

This rebuilding job will not be easy to retify. Seattle has not been to the playoffs in 10 years; it’s coming off it’s second 101-loss season in the past three and they are clearly the worst team in the AL West behind contending teams Texas, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland. Ichiro Suzuki is clearly the only star player on the team.

Wedge is used to rebuilding. He was given the task twice in Cleveland. In seven seasons on Lake Erie, the media-friendly Wedge had some nice ballclubs that featured power, pitching, defense and speed. In 2007, he took the Indians to one win of the World Series.

But in his second try at rebuilding the Tribe, he lost his job.

compiled from staff, MLB & Seattle Mariners news

Reports say Eric Wedge will be new Mariners manager

There are several reports saying that the Seattle Mariners have chosen former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge to be their next skipper.

Eric Wedge (file Photo)

The Mariners have turned to Wedge to lead them into a new era of winning. They have had two 101-loss seasons in the last three years.

Wedge will become the franchise’s sixth manager since the start of the 2007 season.

compiled from staff, radio, TV, internet news