Entering the 2008 season, the Indians boasted the fifth-best composite record in the Major Leagues since 2005 (267-219, .548) and won at least 93 games in two of the
three previous seasons.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native managed his first club in 1998 at Class-A Columbus in the South Atlantic League. The Carolina League Manager of the Year at Class-A Kinston in 1999, Wedge spent the 2000 season managing Double-A Akron
before spending 2001-02 skippering Triple-A Buffalo, where he was named Manager of the Year after both seasons.
Runner-up for College Player of the Year after leading Wichita State University to the 1989 NCAA national championship, Wedge was selected in the third round of
the amateur draft by Boston in 1989 and later chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft. He appeared in nine games during the Rockies' inaugural season
in 1993. He spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues and played professionally for nine campaigns before embarking on his managerial career in 1998 following eight
surgeries over the course of his playing career that ended after the 1997 season.
The former catcher played for the Fall League's Tucson Javelinas in 1993 as a member of the Rockies' organization. After finishing with the league's best record, the
Javelinas lost a three-game championship playoff to the Tempe Rafters.
AFL Hall of Fame - The Arizona Fall League, founded in 1992, formed its Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor the top Major League players and managers who honed their
skills in the AFL.
Wedge and fellow 2008 inductee Jimmy Rollins, currently headed for the 2008 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies, increase the Fall League Hall of Fame to 23
members. Rollins will be honored later this Fall League season.
Previous inductees were Garret Anderson, Dusty Baker, Jermaine Dye, Terry Francona, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Shawn Green, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton,
Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Derrek Lee, Grady Little, Ken Macha, Jerry Manuel, Tony Pena, Troy Percival, Mike Piazza, Albert Pujols, Mike Scioscia, and Alfonso Soriano.
The selection committee, chaired by baseball ambassador Roland Hemond, the "Architect of the Arizona Fall League," bases its appointments upon individual achievement at the Major League level since participating in the AFL.
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