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Wedge taking job with ESPN

– Fort Wayne native and former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge is on the move again – this time back East, where his family will relocate in Buffalo, N.Y., hometown of his wife, Kate.

That’s half the move.

The other half is a shade less than 400 miles farther East, where Wedge’s work address will now read Bristol, Conn.

Wedge on Tuesday confirmed he was taking a job with ESPN, where he’ll be serving as a baseball analyst, he says, and he’ll also call some games.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to try at some point, and I’m really excited about the opportunity,” he said. “It’s a top-notch organization. There’s a lot of very impressive individuals who are hungry and I think I’ll fit in.”

Though he’s never done any broadcasting, Wedge says he’s never been at a loss for opinions, and he loves talking baseball. So he’ll head for ESPN, an opportunity that opened up after Wedge interviewed for but didn’t get the Cubs job back in November.

“I did a phone interview and then went to Chicago and sat down with them,” Wedge says. “It went a little further than I thought it might, so that was a good experience.”

bensmith@jg.net

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