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It may sound crazy, but let’s entertain the idea that he knows what he’s talking about.

Late on Monday, Greg Johns, the Mariners beat writer for MLB.com, posted a story that quoted skipper Eric Wedge on Dustin Ackley’s demotion to triple-A. We don’t have the full context of the discussion from which the quote came, but here’s what we do have:

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A conversation with Baltimore's new bench coach, from back during the end of his recent spin with the Indians.

Jeff Datz is Dave Trembley's new right-hand man in Baltimore. The 49-year-old Datz was named yesterday to replace bench coach Dave Jauss, who was let go by the Orioles following the regular season. One of a reported 40 candidates considered for the position, Datz has spent the last eight years on the Indians' coaching staff, serving as both a third-base coach and the bench coach under Charlie Manuel and Eric Wedge. Datz was fired along with Wedge and his entire coaching staff with a week to go in the season, and sat down with BP on the final weekend of the 2009 campaign.

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June 24, 2009 12:24 pm

On the Beat: Mid-Week Update

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John Perrotto

The looming leadership change in the MLBPA, a coming shakeup in Cleveland, the Pirates go even smaller small-ball, and more.

Don Fehr is a hard person to like. In my dealings with him over the years, I've found him to be aloof, condescending, and downright cold. At the same time, he is brilliant, dogged, and extremely loyal. And if I were ever a member of a labor union or trade association, I would want him representing me at the bargaining table.

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May 17, 2009 10:10 am

On the Beat: Dark Clouds in Cleveland

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John Perrotto

Reports on the Indians, Cardinals, and Pirates, Ryan Zimmerman takes a walk, plus news and notes from around the game.

It's not easy to get sports fans in Cleveland upset right now. The Cavaliers have gone 8-0 in the NBA playoffs, and the city's first major professional sports championship since the Browns won the 1964 NFL title game seems to be within reach. Throw in the fact that LeBron James, the megastar from just down Interstate 77 in Akron is leading the way, and a story for the ages is in the making.

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April 20, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles

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John Perrotto

C.C. Sabathia and the offense are both struggling, but it's the trickle-down effect of closer Joe Borowski's shelving that has manager Eric Wedge concerned.

The Cleveland Indians came within one game of getting to the World Series last season. With the way the Indians have played during the first three weeks of this season, however, it seems hard to believe they were that close to a Fall Classic berth just six months ago.

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October 18, 2007 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Indians Manager Eric Wedge

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John Perrotto

The Tribe's skipper has come a long way, fulfilling the early promise that his GM and one famous former manager identified at the outset.

CLEVELAND-You can assume that Chuck Tanner knows a few things about managing in the major leagues from his 18 years in the job from 1971-88 with the White Sox, Athletics, Pirates, and Braves, winning 1,352 games and leading the Pirates to the World Series title in 1979. On the basis of that experience, it stands to reason that he might be able to spot special qualities in a manager. The best evidence? He saw something special in Eric Wedge before most anyone else.

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July 20, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: A Night at the Park, 2004

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Joe Sheehan and Gary Huckabay

After not getting to a game for the first seven weeks of the season, I've been living at the ballpark since Memorial Day weekend. That continued on Monday night, as I took in the Angels/Indians game with some of the guys who have been kicking my butt in AL Tout Wars this season. Sam Walker of the Wall Street Journal, who is actually working on a book about fantasy, was in town and dragged me, Jeff Erickson of Rotowire and Matt Berry of Rotoworld down to Anaheim to see the classic Kaz Tadano/Aaron Sele match-up. Obviously, I love baseball, and enjoy watching games whenever and wherever I can. But a night like this one--or like last month, when I got to see an Angels/Dodgers game with Jonah Keri, Rich Lederer, and Brian Gunn--is hard to beat. Watching a ball game while talking baseball for three hours with people who know and love the game might not be heaven, but you get a better view and St. Peter gets a little bit jealous.

Obviously, I love baseball, and enjoy watching games whenever and wherever I can. But a night like this one--or like last month, when I got to see an Angels/Dodgers game with Jonah Keri, Rich Lederer, and Brian Gunn--is hard to beat. Watching a ball game while talking baseball for three hours with people who know and love the game might not be heaven, but you get a better view and St. Peter gets a little bit jealous.

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February 25, 2003 3:47 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro

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Jonah Keri

Mark Shapiro enters his second season as General Manager of the Cleveland Indians, and 12th with the organization, in full rebuilding mode.

Mark Shapiro enters his second season as General Manager of the Cleveland Indians, and 12th with the organization, in full rebuilding mode. Since winning six AL Central division titles in seven years, the Indians have said goodbye to stars Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome and Bartolo Colon and rebuilt the farm system through drafting, development and a series of opportune trades. He recently chatted with BP about the dangers of multi-year contracts, breaking prospects into the lineup, and the pressure of meeting fans' expectations.

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"I think this is the biggest single move to win--to win--that this organization has made. No one (involved with the Rays) has lost the passion to win. We lost the momentum, and Lou starts that momentum, and we need that momentum." --Chuck LaMar, Devil Rays general manager, on the hiring of manager Lou Piniella

BRINGING A WINNER TO TAMPA

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