Hargrove Interested in Return to O's
If it does, however, he's interested.
Hargrove, who managed the Orioles from 2000-03, hasn't managed in the big leagues since leaving Seattle in the middle of the 2007 season, saying at the time that he was burnt out.
It's the same thing that Jim Leyland said when he left Colorado, but Leyland has proven in Detroit that managers can successfully experience a rebirth of enthusiasm for the game.
And anyway, Hargrove associates have suggested he was more burned out on what was a fractious Mariner situation than he was on baseball as a whole.
The Orioles have made it known that Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge are on their list. Sources said Wedges was interviewed Wednesday and Valentine on Friday. Hargrove has not heard anything, but he'd just come back from a trip on his motorcycle in New Mexico when contacted by FanHouse.
"I'd love to have a chance to talk to them about that job,'' Hargrove said. "I'd really like to get back into managing again.''
Does he think that having cited burnout on his mid-season departure in Seattle will play against him?
"I think it won't be,'' he said. "It was the same thing as Leyland, and he's done a great job with the Tigers since coming back.''
In any event, Hargrove said he's been away from baseball long enough. A former big-league first baseman known as the "Human Rain Delay'' for his methodical preparation for every pitch, Hargrove managed the Cleveland Indians from 1991-99, then moved to Baltimore in 2000 for four years. After a year off, he spent 2 1/2 years managing the Mariners.
"If I don't get a call to manage now or in the offseason, I think I'm ready to start looking for a job, whether it's scouting or whatever,'' Hargrove said. "I'd like to get back into it.''
At least two other former managers, Buck Showalter and Phil Garner, have expressed interest in the Orioles' job, but neither has had contact with the club as of Friday morning.