Hargrove posted a 721-591 record during his Indians tenure, leading the team to five consecutive division titles and postseason berths and two American League pennants. The 97-65 Indians team was eliminated by the wild card Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series after Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 series lead.
His win total is second best in club history, trailing the 728 wins of Lou Boudreau.
Cleveland Indians hitting coach Charlie Manuel is announced as the club’s new manager, replacing Mike Hargrove, who was let go after leading the club for parts of nine seasons.
Hargrove posted a 721-591 record during his Indians tenure, leading the …
A dozen years ago, the Indians were just starting a new era of Tribe baseball. Long gone were Albert Belle, Carlos Baerga and Manny Ramirez, but it was just prior to the 2002 season that Cleveland said goodbye to Roberto Alomar, Kenny Lofton, Dave Burba, Marty Cordova and Juan Gonzalez. The long-dominant Indians were a team in transition and were picked by most to finish in third place in the American League Central Division.
“I wish everybody would have picked us to finish last,” newcomer Matt Lawton said in a Plain Dealer article by Dennis Manoloff. “It’s fun when nobody expects anything out of you and you go out and prove people wrong.”
Just about two weeks into the season, the Indians were doing just that. After ace pitcher Bartolo Colon fired a complete game shutout at Edison Field in Anaheim on Opening Day, the Tribe dropped their first game of the season two days later. After that, the new-look team went on a tear, winning their next 10 ballgames to run their record to an outstanding 11-1. The Tribe was in first place after Saturday April 13; four games up on both of the division favorites in the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. Like the surprised fans, the Indians clubhouse was all smiles after their amazing start—a start that equaled the greatest through 12 games in franchise history.