Former manager given advisory role

Updated: November 25, 2003, 4:07 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Former Indians manager Mike Hargrove was hired by Cleveland on Tuesday as a senior adviser to the team's baseball operations department.

Hargrove, the second-winningest manager in club history, spent 21 seasons with the Indians as a player and manager from 1991-99. He was fired as Baltimore's manager in September after four losing seasons with the Orioles and hopes to manage again.

Hargrove does not think it will be awkward to return to a team that fired him four years ago. He expressed those thoughts to Indians manager Eric Wedge.

"I still want to manage, but I don't want to manage the Indians right now," Hargrove said. "I'm not trying to get anyone's job."

Hargrove will help develop minor league staff members and mentor major league coaches.

He still is discussing specifics of his new duties with the team but knows he'll consult on player acquisitions and give the Indians a perspective "from the other dugout."

"I think that's a perspective that right now that the Indians have not had and I can give that to them," he said.

Under Hargrove, the Indians won five division titles and went to the World Series twice. His 721 career victories are the second most in club history behind Lou Boudreau's 728.

Hargrove played for the Indians from 1979-85.

"Mike Hargrove is and always will be a Cleveland Indian," general manager Mark Shapiro said.

Hargrove does not look at the Cleveland job as merely a stepping stone.

"I appreciated them offering me a job, but I didn't want it to be a job that was just a favor," he said.

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