The Indians finally broke their losing streak last night, but it’s not like a close and shaky win over the Pirates is going to silence the rumors about Eric Wedge’s impending termination. Neither will this:
With the Indians stuck in last place in the AL Central, Wedge’s status is becoming a daily topic of discussion among the team’s fans. Of more concern to Wedge, general manager Mark Shapiro is expected to talk about Wedge with Indians president Paul Dolan and team owner Larry Dolan, if he already hasn’t, in the next few days.
One of the most important things I’ve learned in my life is that you never want to be an agenda item at a meeting to which you’re not invited.
At present, the Dolans are on record as providing something less than support for Wedge, while Shapiro is in his corner. The only problem is that Shapiro is himself under fire and the Dolans own the friggin’ team and have watched attendance plummet as the Indians have mounted depressing performance after depressing performance.
I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d bet that the purpose of the Shapiro-Dolan meeting is to get everyone on the same page regarding Wedge. That would be the owners’ page, which means that the Indians are about to turn the page on Eric Wedge.