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  • Eric Wedge - New Baseball Coach

    Per Taylor

  • #2
    Official Press Release:


    Eric Wedge Returns to Lead Wichita State Baseball Program



    WICHITA, Kan. – Eric Wedge has been named the Head Baseball Coach at Wichita State, Director of Athletics Darron Boatright announced Wednesday, May 29.



    Wedge, who was a catcher for the Shockers from 1987-89 and earned first team All-America honors in 1989, is the 22nd head coach in the history of Shocker baseball. He has 15 years of coaching experience including 10 years as a Major League manager.



    In his three years as a Shocker, Wedge played in 226 games and hit .333 with 212 runs, 257 hits, 54 doubles, four triples, 45 home runs, 206 RBI, 173 walks and 21 stolen bases. He was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, two College World Series teams, three Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title teams and helped lead Wichita State to the 1989 National Championship.



    Wedge, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., was drafted in the third round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. He made his Major League debut on Oct. 5, 1991 for the Red Sox and played in 39 Major League games from 1991-94 with Boston and Colorado.



    He began his coaching career in 1998 in the Cleveland Indians minor league system. He was named 1999 Carolina League Manager of the Year after leading Kinston to a 79-58 record. The Indians promoted Wedge to manager of the double-A Akron Aeros in 2000 and then to the triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 2001. He led the Bisons to a 91-51 first-place finish in the International League’s North Division and was named International League Manager of the Year and Baseball America’s Triple A Manager of the Year. In 2002, he led the Bisons to their second-straight postseason appearance and earned The Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year award.



    In October of 2002, Wedge was named the manager of the Cleveland Indians. During his first three seasons, he guided the Indians from fourth place to second place in the American League Central Division standings. The 2005 team won 93 games and narrowly missed qualifying for the postseason. Wedge finished runner-up in the American League Manager of the Year voting.



    In 2007, Wedge led the Indians to the Central Division title, and they defeated the Yankees in the ALDS before falling to the Red Sox in seven games in the ALCS. For his efforts, he was named American League Manager of the Year.



    Wedge ended his coaching stint in Cleveland after the 2009 season, and in October of 2010, he was named manager of the Seattle Mariners. He won 213 games over three seasons with the Mariners.



    After leaving the Mariners, he spent the 2014-15 season as a studio analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. Since 2016, he has been a player development advisor for the Toronto Blue Jays.



    Wichita State and Wedge have agreed to a five-year deal.



    Eric Wedge Resume



    As a Player:

    Wichita State catcher 1987-89

    College World Series National Championship: 1989

    College World Series: 1988, 1989

    NCAA Tournament: 1987, 1988, 1989

    Missouri Valley Conference Regular-Season Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989

    Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Champions: 1987, 1988

    First Team All-American: 1989

    Finalist for the Golden Spikes Award & Bob Smith Award: 1989

    Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 1989

    College World Series All-Tournament Team: 1989

    NCAA Regional Most Valuable Player: 1989

    First Team All-Midwest Region: 1989

    First Team All-Valley: 1989

    Second Team All-Valley: 1988

    All-MVC Tournament Team: 1987, 1988

    Member of the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, Wichita State Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team

    Led the NCAA in walks and total bases in 1989

    Led the team in hitting, doubles, home runs and RBI in 1989

    In Shocker career record books, is eighth in putouts (1,340), ninth in walks (173) and 11th in home runs (45)

    25-game hitting streak in 1989 is the seventh-longest in school history

    Drafted in the third-round of the 1989 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox



    As a Coach:

    Cleveland Indians Minor League System: 1998-2002

    1999 Carolina League Manager of the Year

    2001 International League Manager of the Year

    2001 Baseball America Triple A Manager of the Year

    2002 Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year



    Cleveland Indians: 2003-09

    561-573 overall record

    6-5 in the postseason

    2007 American League Manager of the Year

    2007 Central Division champions

    2007 Postseason berth



    Seattle Mariners: 2011-13

    213-273 overall record
    "I think (the tournament expansion) really hurts the Power Conferences." - Digger Phelps.

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    • #3
      Love it

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      • #4
        No mention of assistants. But sure just getting him on board was first order.

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        • #5
          Great hire... Blast from the past

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          • #6
            Incredibly great day to be a Shocker!

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            • #7
              Excellent hire.

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              • WuDrWu
                WuDrWu commented
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                I suspect the butt kickings the Huskies have administered to the Shocks are coming to a rapid end for the most part.

              • UCONN_Husky
                UCONN_Husky commented
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                I agree that the Shocks will be more competitive in their losses to UCONN!! :P

            • #8
              I can't imagine any recruits not being impressed with this hire. Really looking forward to the assistant coach announcments. i doubt it will take Eric very long to get that done.

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              • #9
                Just hoping he uses analytics.

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                • #10
                  And he can hit a D1 curve ball!!!
                  Basketball Season Tix since '77-78 . . . . . . Baseball Season Tix since '88

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Downtown Shocker Brown View Post
                    No mention of assistants. But sure just getting him on board was first order.
                    I'm wondering if he'll reach out to Kevin Hooper as the hitting/fielding coach.

                    Wondering even more if Brent comes back to be pitching coach, if they'll stick with Mike or if they'll go in another direction.
                    "I think (the tournament expansion) really hurts the Power Conferences." - Digger Phelps.

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                    • WSUwatcher
                      WSUwatcher commented
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                      Almost inconceivable that there would be interest from Kemnitz at his age. One has to wonder about Pelfrey's future, because Shocker pitching was not impressive this year. But a catcher should know something about pitching -- Dave Duncan was an outstanding pitching coach for Tony LaRussa for many years, for example -- so I'm confident he'll choose well.

                    • GreatWhiteBuffalo
                      GreatWhiteBuffalo commented
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                      I really hope Kemnitz stays done. Let Pelfrey, or another up-and-comer have a shot.

                    • XManCometh
                      XManCometh commented
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                      At his age? Brent is only 62 years old lol He was young as hell when he took the job.

                      I also don't blame Pelfrey for the pitching staff this year. He had basically one month to work with them before the season started. Hard to get much accomplished in that time frame.

                  • #12
                    THE BASEBALL GODS GIVETH

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by XManCometh View Post

                      I'm wondering if he'll reach out to Kevin Hooper as the hitting/fielding coach.

                      Wondering even more if Brent comes back to be pitching coach, if they'll stick with Mike or if they'll go in another direction.
                      It will be interesting for sure. Im sure he has guys he wants to bring in.

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                      • #14
                        RH: "Presence, Work Ethic, Passion"

                        At 51, Wedge is taking another uncommon baseball path. Former Major League managers rarely seem to coach in college – Eddie Stanky at South Alabama is one exception.

                        Wedge was not looking for a new job.

                        Wedge is coming back to Wichita because he wants to revive a program that last won an NCAA game in 2008 and last won a conference title in 2010. He was a major-league executive and could spend the rest of his working days in that field. He is not leaving the Toronto Blue Jays – where he works as player development adviser under Shapiro – for a new job.

                        He is back to work at his old job – carrying the Shockers.

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                        • #15
                          How about Standiford and Pelfrey as assistants.
                          The future's so bright - I gotta wear shades.
                          We like to cut down nets and get sized for championship rings.

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                          • 1972Shocker
                            1972Shocker commented
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                            Works for me but whoever Coach Wedge decides on I can get behind.

                          • XManCometh
                            XManCometh commented
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                            If Standiford can make Tabor a national powerhouse in baseball, imagine what he could do with the recruits WSU can reel in.
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