Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tribe Sends Manager Wedge to the DL

KANSAS CITY, MO - In a surprising and unprecedented development, the Cleveland Indians have placed their mild-mannered manager on the 15-day disabled list. Tribe manager Eric Wedge said in a telephone interview with LFL that he injured his vocal cords in spring training and felt he could work through it. Wedge spent the first nineteen games being unable to argue blown calls and floating strike zones. The final blow came Tuesday night when Wedge was unable to successfully argue players being granted timeouts while C.C. was beginning his windup. After the game Wedge unselfishly sought the advice of team trainers. After several tests were conducted, it was determined, for the sake of his career that Wedge should take some time off to rest his vocal cords.

Mark Sharpiro, once again showing his outstanding GM skills, passed on assigning interim managerial duties to bench coach Jeff Datz or third base coach Joel Skinner. He instead traded hitting coach Derek Shelton to the Mississippi Braves (Atlanta's AA affiliate) for their manager Phillip Wellman (showing his managerial abilities in the above YouTube video).

Shapiro, taking advantage of road trip that stopped in Kansas City, convinced Royals vice president of baseball operations, George Brett to resign from his position and replace Shelton as Cleveland's new hitting coach.

Shapiro's hope is that these two hot-heads will help to inspire the young Tribe to show some emotion and maybe play to their potential, but at the very least, give the fans something to cheer about.

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