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