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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 16 July 2007 04:14

Eric WedgeThe Cleveland Indians and Executive Vice President & General Manager Mark Shapiro today announced a 3-year contract extension for Manager Eric Wedge thru the 2010 season.

Financial terms were not released. 

Wedge has led the club to a record of 54-37 (.593) in his 5th season as Manager of the Cleveland Indians. The Indians have spent 63 days in first place in the American League Central and currently occupy 2nd place, just 0.5 game in back of the Detroit Tigers.  The Indians and Tigers currently share the 3rd most wins in Major League Baseball with 54, trailing only the Boston Red Sox (55) and Los Angeles Angels (55).  The 54-37 record is the club’s best mark after 91 games since the 1999 season (57-34).

The Ft. Wayne, Indiana native owns a Major League managerial mark of 373-366 (.505) since becoming the Manager of the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2003 season.  His 376 managerial wins are the 7th most victories in the 107-year history of the franchise and trail Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie (397 wins) for 6th place.  He led the club to double-digit win increases over three consecutive seasons from 2003 thru 2005, becoming the first Indians Manager since Lou Boudreau (1946-48) to accomplish the feat.  Eric placed in the BBWAA American League Manager of the Year voting over each of those three seasons from 2003-05, earning a 2nd place finish in 2005 after leading the club to a record of 93-69 mark (8th highest win total in club history).

Eric began his professional managerial career in 1998 in the Indians Player Development System. He was named the 39th Manager of the Cleveland Indians on October 29, 2002.  

“Eric has clearly defined his leadership and vision during his tenure as Manager of the Cleveland Indians,” said Indians Executive Vice President & General Manager Mark Shapiro.  “Through his relentless work ethic and strong belief in our players, Eric has led our major league team to one of the best records in baseball two of the past three seasons.  I am confident that Eric is the right man to guide our team as we collectively pursue our ultimate goal of sustainable championship success."


YEAR   TEAM               LEAGUE           POSITION       W         L          PCT.     NOTABLE

2003    Cleveland        American          4th                   68        94        .420     55-56 from 5/1-9/1

2004    Cleveland        American          3rd                   80        82        .494     6th best improvement in MLB

2005    Cleveland        American          2nd                  93        69        .574     8th most wins in club history

2006    Cleveland        American          4th                   78        84        .481     31-20 from 8/9 thru end of season

2007    Cleveland        American          2nd, 0.5GB      54        37        .593     63 days in First Place in 2007   

MAJOR LEAGUE TOTALS                                            373     366       .505    7th most wins in club history




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