"Right now, I feel the answers are here with Eric, our coaching staff and these players," Shapiro said.
Asked about Wedge later in the session, Shapiro said, "I believe no one cares more about these players and this organization than Eric Wedge. I feel strongly he's making every effort to move this in a positive direction."
The dreaded "vote of confidence" that often presages a firing? Could be. After all, a few days ago, Victor Martinez, while giving a nod of support to Wedge, said that the team was missing "fire" and "energy," and those kinds of words are often harbingers of a manager's professional demise. Especially in Cleveland:
Mike Hargrove took Cleveland from a team that lost more than 100 games a year to a club that twice won the AL pennant. But the Indians never won a World Series title with Hargrove as manager and he was fired Friday after another disappointing postseason . . . "There is a need for a new energy, a new voice coming from the clubhouse," he said. "This change will create a different atmosphere."
Probably silly to bring up ancient history like Mike Hargrove, though, huh?:
Hargrove, who lives in Richfield, leaves this week to manage a summer league team of college players in Liberty, Kan., for the second straight year in the Jayhawk League. They finished fourth in the nation last year after earning an at-large bid. "After that, I'll come home and see if anyone gives me a call to manage again," said Hargrove. "I'd like to give it one more shot."
Hey, a retro-hire worked for Cito and the Blue Jays, didn't it? Why not in Cleveland?