Aug 26, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians former managerMike Hargrove
(left) andLen Barker
talk during a game against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Record: 192 wins — 210 losses
Mike Hargrove‘s stint with the M’s was cut short when he opted to retire midway through the 2007 season for personal reasons, and while this is presumably true, we’ll never truly know whether internal pressure influenced his decision to step down.
It was rumored that Ichiro Suzuki and Hargrove did not mesh well. Unfortunately for the M’s, Hargrove seemed to be a competent manager, as team’s under his command proved to be scrappy and entertaining. It’s difficult to say what Hargrove’s specific managerial style was, but he did come off as decidedly ‘old-school.’
Since his departure he hasn’t managed a team at the major-league level, so the M’s haven’t had to lose much sleep over letting one get away like they did with Bob Melvin.