Hargrove stops by
Former Orioles manager Mike Hargrove is helping coach the Italian team, but he said again today he wouldn't mind getting one more chance to manage in the major leagues. He quit in Seattle while the Mariners were still in contention a couple of years ago -- supposedly because he had lost the desire to manage the team -- so he acknowledges that he'll have to convince a team he still has the fire to be an effective manager.
There is a backstory in Seattle that Hargrove will not talk about, but it became apparent later that the team was in turmoil at several levels, including the front office. Since then, the M's have fired GM Bill Bavasi and manager John McLaren.
Hargrove spent last summer managing a summer league team in Liberal, Kan. (right), and is set to do that again this year, but he's available to manage in the big leagues if an opportunity arises.
"Yeah, I'd like to give it one more try,'' he said.
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