Team, former-manager begin talks
CLEVELAND -- Mike Hargrove may return to the Cleveland Indians -- but not to manage them.
Hargrove, the second-winningest manager in club history, has had preliminary talks with general manager Mark Shapiro about an advisory job with the Indians.
"It's in the exploratory stages," Shapiro said from the GM meetings in Phoenix. "Nothing has been formalized yet."
Hargrove was fired as Baltimore's manager in September after four losing seasons with the Orioles. He hopes to get another managerial job, but until then, Shapiro would welcome him back to help rebuild the Indians.
"He stands for our recent run of championships," Shapiro said.
Shapiro said Hargrove could join the Indians in an advisory role similar to the one current bench coach Buddy Bell had with Cleveland after he was fired as Colorado's manager.
Bell worked in the Indians' minor league system with the organization's infielders.
Under Hargrove, the Indians won five division titles and went to the World Series twice from 1991-99. His 721 career victories are the second most in club history behind Lou Boudreau's 728.
Hargrove played for the Indians from 1979-85.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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