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Grover Resigns As Mariners Skipper

Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove shocked the world of baseball on Sunday when he announced to the assembled media, that he had resigned as manager of the team. Sunday was his last game as the Seattle field boss, Hargrove's bench coach John McLaren will become the manager starting Monday. Grover said it had simply come down to the fact that he no longer had the passion for managing that had always been like breathing for him in seasons past. He said the lows had gotten too low, and the highs were not high enough.

Grover began his managerial career with the Cleveland Indians, and he was the first MLB manager that I ever covered on a daily basis. Grover was always fair and accommodating to me, but he did have a temper. I'm just glad to say I never had to deal with it. Grover to me was always the consummate pro, never ducked a question as long as it was fair. Each time I saw him after he had been fired by Cleveland, after losing to the Red Sox in the Post Season, he always made time for the reporters who had spent years with him. Hargrove first went to Baltimore as manager of the Orioles, but the team had no direction in the front office, and he was eventually dismissed. Hargrove then spent a year back with the Indians as a special assistant to General Manager Mark Shapiro, before taking the job in Seattle.
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