Former K-Tribe Manager Wedge New Mariners Skipper

SEATTLE (AP) -- Eric Wedge spoke with intensity and passion, pledging his role as the Seattle Mariners' newest manager will be based around accountability and respect.

Wedge was introduced on Tuesday as the seventh manager of the Mariners since the start of the 2003 season. Sporting a new mustache absent the last time he was seen on a major league bench, Wedge said everything about the Mariners felt right.

Wedge was selected from a group of five finalists interviewed by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik. The Mariners GM says everything about Wedge felt right, especially his previous major league experience and his success in a prior rebuilding job with Cleveland.

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