Eric Wedge, whose three-season run as Mariners manager ended in an ugly way last month, is now among the candidates to replace Dale Sveum as Cubs manager.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs will interview Wedge next week, bringing in the former Indians and Mariners skipper who was named Manager of the Year in 2007. Wedge has a 774-846 (.478) career record, including 95, 87, and 91 losses in his three seasons in Seattle.
Mooney notes that Wedge previously interviewed to be the Cubs’ manager in 2010, back when Jim Hendry was general manager, and Mike Quade wound up with the gig replacing Lou Piniella. Wedge, who suffered a mild stroke in August, departed Seattle by saying: “If they’d offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn’t have come back here.”
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: