In his fifth year as Manager of the Cleveland Indians, Eric Wedge is being considered a front-runner to win AL manager of the year. Wedge helmed a young Indians team, many former K-Tribers, to the team’s first playoff appearance and division title since 2001.
The Indians won the American League Central title and tied the Red Sox for the best record in Baseball (96-66). The tribe made it to the American League Championship series were they were defeated by Boston in Seven Games.
Wedge has been Managing in the Cleveland organization since 1998 when he skippered the Columbus RedStixx, the tribes single-A affiliate. Wedge was with the K-Tribe for the 99-season. While at Kinston Wedge posted a 79 and 58 record and taking first place in the first half of the season. After the season Wedge was named Carolina League Manager of the Year.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday. Other managers in contention for the manager of the year award include the Angels Mike Scioscia, Former Yankee Manager Joe Torre and Red Sox Skipper Terry Francona.