The 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."
WEDGE'S CAREER MANAGERIAL RECORD
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