Mike Hargrove

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Dudley Michael Hargrove
(The Human Rain Delay)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Hargrove was a three-sport star at Perryton High School and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the 1972 amateur draft. After just two seasons in the minors, he reached the majors with the Rangers in 1974, and after hitting .313 with 10 homers, won the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

He was a solid player for the Rangers for several years, and was briefly traded to the San Diego Padres, who then traded him to the Cleveland Indians for Paul Dade. He was a fixture with the Indians for 5 years, retiring after the 1985 season. Throughout his career he was noted as a patient hitter with a careful eye, who often stepped out of the box and took a lot of pitches. He exceeded 100 bases on balls in 4 seasons and typically had one of the highest on-base percentages in the league. In fact, his total base on balls exceeded his strikeout total in each of his 12 major league seasons.

After his playing career ended, Hargrove was a minor league coach for the Batavia Trojans in 1986 before spending several years as a minor league manager. He was first base coach for the Cleveland Indians in 1990 and 1991 before being promoted to manager in July 1991. After nine years as Indians skipper, during which he twice led them to the World Series, he spent four seasons managing the Baltimore Orioles, from 2000 to 2003. After spending 2004 in the Indians front office, Hargrove became manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2005. On July 1, 2007, he announced his resignation effective at the end of that day's game, which the Mariners won, pushing the team's record to 45-33. It was particularly surprising given the Mariners were on a seven-game winning streak at the time of the announcement, and Hargrove was heading for his first winning season since leaving Cleveland. While Hargrove stated that his decision was simply motivated by the fact he no longer had the competitive fire required to lead the team, speculation arose about whether the real cause may have been a conflict with superstar outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. He was replaced by bench coach John McLaren, who lasted less than a year as manager of the team.

His son, Andy Hargrove, was drafted by the Mariners in the 2005 amateur draft and played in the minor leagues.

Notable Achievements[edit]

AL Rookie of the Year
1973 1974 1975
Al Bumbry Mike Hargrove Fred Lynn
Preceded by
John McNamara
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Manuel
Preceded by
Ray Miller
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Lee Mazzilli
Preceded by
Bob Melvin
Seattle Mariners Manager
Succeeded by
John McLaren

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Kinston Indians Carolina League 75-65 3rd (t)/ 1st Cleveland Indians Lost League Finals Carolina League Manager of the Year
1988 Williamsport Bills Eastern League 66-73 6th Cleveland Indians
1989 Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League 78-64 2nd Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round PCL Manager of the Year
1991 Cleveland Indians American League 32-53 7th Cleveland Indians replaced John McNamara (25-52) on July 6
1992 Cleveland Indians American League 76-86 4th (t) Cleveland Indians
1993 Cleveland Indians American League 76-86 6th Cleveland Indians
1994 Cleveland Indians American League 66-47 2nd Cleveland Indians Postseason cancelled
1995 Cleveland Indians American League 100-44 1st Cleveland Indians Lost World Series
1996 Cleveland Indians American League 99-62 1st Cleveland Indians Lost ALDS
1997 Cleveland Indians American League 86-75 1st Cleveland Indians Lost World Series
1998 Cleveland Indians American League 89-73 1st Cleveland Indians Lost ALCS
1999 Cleveland Indians American League 97-65 1st Cleveland Indians Lost ALDS
2000 Baltimore Orioles American League 74-88 4th Baltimore Orioles
2001 Baltimore Orioles American League 63-98 4th Baltimore Orioles
2002 Baltimore Orioles American League 67-95 4th Baltimore Orioles
2003 Baltimore Orioles American League 71-91 4th Baltimore Orioles
2005 Seattle Mariners American League 69-93 4th Seattle Mariners
2006 Seattle Mariners American League 78-84 4th Seattle Mariners
2007 Seattle Mariners American League 45-33 -- Seattle Mariners replaced by John McLaren on July 2

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Ingraham: Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life, Gray & Company, Publishers, Ckleveland, OH, 2019. ISBN 978-1598511109
  • Tracy Ringolsby: "Hargrove has stuck with Tribe through thick and thin: Indians mainstay managed club to 2 World Series, including heartbreaking G7 loss in '97", mlb.com, October 20, 2016. [1]

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