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 of 1999 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.
Hargrove’s win total is second best in club history, trailing only the 728 wins of Lou Boudreau.
Manuel was the team’s hitting instructor and a key contributor to the club scoring more runs than any other in more than a half of a century. He was a part of Hargrove’s staff for six seasons after time in the minors coaching with both the Minnesota and Cleveland organizations. He was a hitting coach for the Indians in 1988 and 1989 before managing the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox for three seasons. He moved on to the Indians’ Charlotte Knights club in 1993, leading them to an International League title before returning to Cleveland as its hitting coach in 1994.
General Manager John Hart’s coaching search had led him outside of the organization first before returning to the internal option of Manuel. Don Baylor, who would sign on to coach the Chicago Cubs, was one reported interest for the Tribe.