After a poor season for the Cleveland Indians, the team decided to fire manager Eric Wedge. Wedge has been involved with the team for seven years and will continue with the team for the rest of the season aE” another six games aE” but will not return next year. The firing of Wedge and his crew was rumored for weeks; then, on Wednesday, the Indians gave the official statement. The decision was made by Cleveland’s owners, Larry and Paul Dolan, and by general manager Mark Shapiro.\nWedge had a contract until 2010. The remainder of the season will be awkward for the players on the team, even though they long suspected that Wedge would be relieved. The news was given to the players the morning before the press conference itself. The notice was hardly a shock, but the timing did surprise both the crew and the press. Despite the announcement, Wedge and his staff have said that they will try to maintain their focus and keep the team strong through the next games. Shapiro refused to give any details as to the reason for the dismissal, but with the Indians suffering from a terrible season after beginning with high expectations, the answer seems clear.\nThe team had been unable to recover from early injuries in the beginning of the season and eventually entered into an 11-game losing streak, dropping 20 of its last 25 games. The Indians are just short of last place in the AL Central. aEoeIt was not one overwhelming component that led us to this,aE Shapiro said. aEoeIt was a large number of things occurring. I think we just reached the point where it was time to make a change.\nIn his years in Cleveland, Wedge led the Indians to one playoff berth since 2003 and has repeatedly rebuilt the team. The Indians gave no further details but expressed their desire to find a new manager soon, one that will prove an adequate replacement for Wedge. Some of the names that have been bandied about were Boston pitching coach John Farrell, former Arizona manager Buck Showalter, former Indians manager Mike Hargrove, and former manager of the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus, Torey Lovullo. Nothing, however, is certain.\nShapiro also acknowledged the stress in firing Wedge, suggesting that they had a very good working relationship. aEoeThis is obviously an announcement that I never envisioned having to make, he said. aEoeI was hopeful that this wasn’t going to come. Wedge has also proven popular among the players, who have already expressed their concern over the situation. Centerfield Grady Sizemore, who is recovering from an injury on his elbow, said that he respects Wedge a great deal and that he liked the way Wedge treated players. He considered Wedge a aEoewarrior, adding that Wedge’s absence was going to be very tough for the team. Wedge and his coaching staff will remain until the end of the season, a decision he agreed to for the sake of the players. “I still wanted to finish what we started this year,” said Wedge. “I felt it was the right thing to do. It’s been a long run here aE” as managers go.”