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Unassisted
08-16-2008, 05:39 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3537754&type=story


Hargrove says he 'misspoke' about passion, wants to manage again

CLEVELAND -- Mike Hargrove wants another shot at managing in the major leagues. A little over a year ago, Hargrove shocked baseball by walking away from the Seattle Mariners (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=sea), becoming the first manager since 1900 to resign as his team was on an eight-game winning streak.

A day before being inducted into the Cleveland Indians (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=cle) Hall of Fame, Hargrove said he'd like to give it another go. "I'd like to have one more chance, without a doubt," the 58-year-old said Friday night at Progressive Field before the Indians played the Los Angeles Angels (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=laa).

"It really would have to be the right place -- and the team that did it would have to believe I wouldn't walk away." Hargrove said he has no regrets about his decision to leave, other than missing some close relationships he had established in the game.

"I really misspoke when I said I had lost my passion for the game," Hargrove said. "I think my competitive edge was dulled. Now, it's back." Hargrove said he did it the past couple months by coaching the Liberal (Kans.) Bee Jays, a summer team for collegiate players. "I told them I'd do it for a dollar," Hargrove said. "Then I said, make it a dollar and a nickel so [his wife] Sharon can get her cut.

"Seeing these college kids love the game as much as major leaguers got me going. I had a blast." Hargrove guided Liberal to fourth place among 49 teams in the National Baseball Congress World Series earlier this week.

On Saturday, Hargrove and the late Joe Gordon will bring to 33 the number of former Indians in the team's Hall of Fame. Both played and managed the club. Gordon was the team's second baseman the last time Cleveland won the World Series in 1948 and served as manager in 1958-60.

Hargrove played first base for the Indians in 1979-85 and was manager from 1991-99. "I loved playing, but got more satisfaction out of managing," said Hargrove, who also managed the Baltimore Orioles (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=bal) in 2000-03 before taking the Seattle job in 2005. "We had good players in Cleveland and somebody had to drive the bus," Hargrove joked of guiding a club that included talents such as Albert Belle, Jim Thome (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=2604), Manny Ramirez (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=2974) and others to five consecutive AL Central titles and World Series appearances in 1995 and '97.

Not winning a World Series haunts him, particularly losing in 1997 in extra innings of Game 7 to the Florida Marlins (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=fla). "I get asked all the time when was it I got over that loss," Hargrove said. "I always give the same answer: As soon as it happens, I'll let you know."

OnBaseMachine
08-16-2008, 05:42 PM
I was reading a Cardinals board a few hours ago and some Cards fans seem to think Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan will be with the Reds next season. I would welcome it but I just don't see Jocketty/Cast firing Dusty Baker after just one season.

BCubb2003
08-16-2008, 05:51 PM
Nothing wrong with changing your mind, but that's an odd definition of "misspoke."

RedsManRick
08-16-2008, 05:54 PM
Losing grinds a person down, no doubt.

Matt700wlw
08-16-2008, 06:06 PM
I was reading a Cardinals board a few hours ago and some Cards fans seem to think Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan will be with the Reds next season. I would welcome it but I just don't see Jocketty/Cast firing Dusty Baker after just one season.

LaRussa would drive me up a wall, but he wins wins wins and wins.

Dave Duncan wouldn't drive me up a wall, though...:)

George Anderson
08-16-2008, 07:25 PM
I'm sure I'm going out on a limb here when I say Marty's pregame show would likely cease to exist.

RFS62
08-16-2008, 07:43 PM
Bob would fire Dusty in a New York minute if he could get LaGenius and Duncan here.

letsgojunior
08-16-2008, 07:47 PM
Bob would fire Dusty in a New York minute if he could get LaGenius and Duncan here.

I agree.

BTW your PM inbox is full.

Joseph
08-16-2008, 07:48 PM
Bob would fire Dusty in a New York minute if he could get LaGenius and Duncan here.

Much as I dislike LaRussa, I'd be all for the hiring.

Unassisted
08-16-2008, 07:48 PM
I'm sure I'm going out on a limb here when I say Marty's pregame show would likely cease to exist.Or Marty's job as Reds announcer would cease to exist. If the two were unable to coexist, I'd venture that Bob and Walt would go the schoolyard route and select LaRussa over a complete set of Brennamans.

Reds4Life
08-16-2008, 07:54 PM
Why do Cards fans think that? I don't see LaRussa leaving StL, if he was going to, he would have left before signing that extension. I don't think Dusty is going anywhere, sadly.

hebroncougar
08-16-2008, 10:30 PM
If Larussa and Duncan came here, I'd be really, really happy. I checked, I had thought Larussa had signed a one year deal, but he's on a two year deal.

Wheelhouse
08-16-2008, 10:58 PM
Hargrove=reason for Bavasi hiring?

WVRedsFan
08-16-2008, 11:13 PM
Bob would fire Dusty in a New York minute if he could get LaGenius and Duncan here.

Totally agree 100%.

And it wouldn't shock me if it happened.

fearofpopvol1
08-17-2008, 12:06 AM
I despise LaRussa as a person, but him and Duncan in Cincy with Walt, to quote Thom B. would be "some kind of good." And I would have to think that the idea would be appealing, given BCast's love for anything Cardinals.