Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hargrove M's choice to manage

Skippered Indians to victory over M's in '95 ALCS
By Jim Street /

Mike Hargrove, whose Indians knocked out Seattle two wins shy of the 1995 World Series, will get a chance to help return the Mariners to their glory days as their manager.

Hargrove -- who managed Cleveland to two American League championships, in 1995 and 1997, and also managed the Orioles for four seasons -- was named the team's new manager in a release issued by the club Wednesday morning, ending a three-week search for Bob Melvin's replacement.

The Mariners and their new manager agreed to a three-year contract. Terms were not revealed by the club.

"I am very pleased to name Mike Hargrove as our new manager," general manager Bill Bavasi said in a release. "He has a tremendous resume and is battle-tested in every facet of leading a Major League club."

Hargrove and Grady Little reportedly were the two finalists for the Mariners managerial position, which became open after the two-time division champions (1995-2001) spent virtually the entire '04 season in last place in the AL West and finished with a 63-99 record, ending a run of four years with at least 90 victories.

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