GM says Wedge 'good leader'
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik wasn't quite as reassuring a year ago when he last gave a vote of confidence to a manager.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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NEW YORK — Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik wasn't quite as reassuring a year ago when he last gave a vote of confidence to a manager.
But unlike what happened after an eight-game road losing streak in late-July of last season, when Zduriencik said Don Wakamatsu was still "our manager" a week before firing him, he sounded a lot more sincere Wednesday about the status of field boss Eric Wedge. With the Mariners entering the day an identical 0-8 on a trip and in the midst of a club-record 17-game losing streak, Zduriencik said he had no problem with anything Wedge has done this season.
"I think Eric has been a good leader," Zduriencik said. "I think he's been very consistent, and I've liked his demeanor. He's wearing it right now, and it's tough on him. He's done everything he could and will continue to do a good job as we go through this."
Perhaps it's merely the realization that a seventh manager in just over four years is too much for any franchise. Or, the fact Wedge was brought to Seattle for a longer-term goal than just 2011 and inherited a huge offensive mess that has grown progressively in size the past four seasons.
Zduriencik offered assurances that the club is evaluating much of what it's seen all season and will make appropriate adjustments on the player level as the squad moves forward.
"I think you re-evaluate all the time," he said. "You're in here every day seeing who's in it. The old saying: 'Who's in it to win it?' That's the key here."
• Wedge didn't mince words when speaking in general terms about his veteran players before the game. He left little doubt about the level of disappointment he's experienced with most of the veteran position players — Adam Kennedy and Miguel Olivo being obvious exceptions — and said he's learning new things about his team every day.
"If you're a veteran at this level, you should be your own best coach," Wedge said. "Because you're the only one who's been with yourself your entire career and you've been up here long enough to know what works and what doesn't."
• The Mariners signed outfielder Wily Mo Pena to a minor-league contract. Pena, 29, split the season between AAA Reno and Arizona before being designated for assignment on July 15. He is scheduled to report to the Mariners' minor-league complex in Peoria, Ariz., and will join the Tacoma Rainiers after that.
For the record: W-L: 44-60; W PCT: .423; Streak: W1
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