Wedge will remain patient in evaluations

Wedge will remain patient in evaluations

SEATTLE -- Eric Wedge believes in patience, and when it comes to his players, that's the approach he'll continue to take.

As the season progresses into its final stages and players are jockeying for starting jobs for both the present and future, the second-year Mariners manager is giving his players equal opportunity.

"Going to give these guys every opportunity to be a guy," he said. "What I mean by that, is I want everybody to be an everyday player. I want everybody to be one of our five starting pitchers, one of our seven guys in the bullpen. I don't close the door on anybody. I'll never close the door because I don't know everything."

The reason Wedge takes a patient approach is he believes players develop at different rates. Someone can be ready in their early 20s, but for others it might be their 30s until it clicks. With an unusually young roster, the patience becomes even more important for the Mariners this season.

"Nine times out of 10, if you're patient in this game, you will be rewarded for it," Wedge said. "I believe that. That's just the nature of the beast, that's where this game's different from any other professional sport."