Wedge apologizes to team for missing call

Wedge apologizes to team for missing call

Wedge apologizes to team for missing call
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge met with his team on Sunday morning and took responsibility for not noticing Saturday's missed call that gave a base on balls to Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, who really only had three balls called on him.

Maybin would come around to score the game's lone run, as the Mariners fell, 1-0, to the Padres on Saturday night. After Seattle starter Doug Fister threw a ball in the dirt on a 1-2 count, the Safeco Field scoreboard count mistakenly went from 1-2 to 3-2. Fister's next pitch was a ball, and Maybin -- who said afterward that he thought the count was actually full -- walked to first.

No one noticed -- not Wedge, not home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, not Fister -- and Wedge let his players know that in the end, it was his fault for not catching the mistake that ended up costing Seattle the game.

"I preach to these guys about being accountable, and I sure as heck need to be accountable for that yesterday," Wedge said. "So I felt I needed to get in front of them and let them know that one was on me.

"I just wanted to be accountable in front of them. Ultimately, I'm the captain of this ship and something like that can't happen, and that falls on me. I should have trusted my instincts with what I felt it was, and I didn't. And that's my fault. That can't happen."

Wedge said after Saturday's game that he thought he had just missed a pitch and didn't think much of it. On Sunday, utility man Adam Kennedy said, "It's not just on his shoulders," but he appreciated the first-year skipper's motion.

"We wouldn't expect anything less of him," said Kennedy, who started at third base on Sunday. "With or without him addressing us, those of us who know him would know he felt bad about it. You expect that from him -- it's the kind of guy he is."