Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Hargrove, Little Have Much in Common

By Larry Stone
The Seattle Times
October 19, 2004

Mike Hargrove and Grady Little, the two known finalists for the Mariners' managerial job, are united by more than the motorcycles each acquired in this past year of managerial hiatus — a Harley for Hargrove, a Kawasaki for Little.

Both are 54-year-old Texans with folksy manners and strong reputations as players' managers. They have traveled intertwining paths in their recent baseball lives. And both are lifers in the sport who, in their current positions as high-level advisers, still hunger to manage after getting fired within 28 days of each other following the 2003 season.

Little interviewed for Hargrove's old Baltimore Orioles job last year, days after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox following a wild-card season in which they came within five outs of Boston's first World Series appearance since 1986.

Little's ouster came in the wake of his hotly contested, but ill-fated, decision to leave in Pedro Martinez against the New York Yankees in the eighth inning of the decisive game of the American League Championship Series.

Read the entire article at The Seattle Times website