Answering the Call

Bill Bavasi's recommendation is in and the choice has been made. Who did the M's choose to take over a club in transition?

According to Wednesday edition of the Seattle Times, the Mariners will announce as early as Thursday that they have hired Mike Hargrove to be the club's 11th manager.

What do we know about Hargrove, other than his track record in the win-loss column?

Facts Every Mariners Fan Should Know About "Grover":

  • Born October 26, 1949 in Perryton, Texas
  • Attended Northwestern State University from 1968-1972
  • 25th-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 1972
  • Named American League Rookie of the Year in 1974
  • Hit .290 with 79 home runs and 659 RBI in 12 seasons as a 1B/OF with the Rangers, Padres and Indians
  • Led the AL in assists by a 1B twice, led the AL in walks twice, and is in the top 20 all-time for career on-base percentage with a .396 mark
  • Made the AL All-Star team in 1975 when he hit .303 with 11 homers and 62 RBI
  • Hit a career-best 18 home runs in 1977
  • In his final year as a player he made $458, 333
  • Named manager of the Cleveland Indians when John McNamara is fired on July 6, 1991
  • His legal first name is Dudley
  • Nicknamed the Human Rain Delay for his tantalizing routine in the batter's box that seemed to take forever until he was ready to hit
  • On July 22, 1999, Hargrove accidentally handed in an incorrect lineup listing starting pitcher Charles Nagy in the batting order and forcing the Indians to forfeit the DH. Nagy batted 7th and went 0-2 as the Tribe lost 4-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Won five consecutive division titles as Indians manager, including two World Series appearances in 1995 and 1997
  • Fired by Cleveland on October 15, 1999 after compiling a 721-591 record
  • Hired as manager by the Baltimore Orioles on November 3, 1999
  • Fired by the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2003 after four straight losing seasons

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