BOSTON -- Other than 12 games during a September call-up in 2002 and the past two months since being traded to the Red Sox, Victor Martinez has only known one manager, Eric Wedge, who was fired as Cleveland's manager on Wednesday.
Martinez was saddened to hear the news that his former manager had been let go with less than a week remaining in the season and had nothing but complimentary things to say about the deposed Wedge.
"As a player, he was always with you, always behind you,'' Martinez said. "If he had something to say to you, he would do it in private and respectfully. He would not embarrass you. If he did, it's because you embarrassed him first. He really prepared you to play the game. To me, he's a great manager. I always told the guys in the clubhouse, 'It's not his fault.' Of course, it's easier to blame one guy than 25. He let's players be in charge of the clubhouse and I think that's the way it should be.
Martinez, who became a three-time all-star under Wedge's tutelage in Cleveland, believes Wedge, a former backup big league catcher for Boston and Colorado, should have another chance to manage in the majors.
"I want him to get another opportunity,'' Martinez said. "He deserves it. He was only working with what he was given.''
ESPN's Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A's from 1992 to 1997 and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at The Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.