BOSTON -- Eric Wedge said he hasn't given much thought to his future in the big leagues. But one thing is clear. "All I do know is I do, at some point, want to manage again," Wedge said Thursday. Other than that, Wedge, who will be relieved of his duties at season's end, went into the weekend series at Fenway Park focused on the Indians' final four games.
The handling of Wedge's dismissal raised eyebrows around the league. It's not standard practice for a manager and his coaching staff to be dismissed before the end of the season and then finish what they started. But Wedge is handling the potentially awkward situation remarkably well. His 15-minute press conference Wednesday at Progressive Field was a clinic in how to deal with such disappointment publicly. Wedge accepted full accountability for the Indians' struggles while also firmly expressing his beliefs in respecting the game and being equal parts candid, philosophical and even a little bit funny. It was not the typical Wedge fans are accustomed to hearing in his often colorless postgame sessions with the media. As one member of the Indians' traveling party said, "When he applies for his next job, he should just send a tape of that interview and say, 'This is the guy you're getting.'" Who's going to get Wedge? That remains to be seen. Some national reports have suggested he could land on his feet as soon as next year, when the Indians will still be paying him more than $1 million. Wedge said he's not considering any potential options yet. "You're not going to believe this," he said, "but I really haven't thought a great deal about it at this point." Wedge, 41, said explaining the situation to his wife, Kate, wasn't difficult. "She's known for a little while," he said. "She handled everything appropriately. But we've had two children in Cleveland, we live there and we've spent a lot of quality time there. In that respect, it's tough." Wedge is still planning on living in his Richfield, Ohio, home at season's end, and he'll evaluate his options from there. As for the bizarre day in which he attended the press conference announcing his dismissal, then managed the Indians in a doubleheader split with the White Sox, Wedge admitted it was a long one. But Wedge, who was informed of his fate at least several days before it was announced, went out the way he wanted. "I felt it was important to do it in Cleveland, so everybody [in the media] could have proper access," Wedge said. "I wanted to know [my fate] before going to Boston, and [the front office] accommodated me with that. And out of respect to the city of Cleveland and you guys [in the media], I felt it was important to do it in Cleveland."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.