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Cubs to interview ex-Mariners manager Eric Wedge

Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge, left, argues with plate umpire Paul Emmel after being ejected in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


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 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.”

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