Mariners Manager Burns Out

Hargrove quits despite eight-game win streak, citing general lassitude
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2007 4:54 AM CDT
Mariners Manager Burns Out
Seattle Mariners bench coach John McLaren stands in the dugout before the start of the MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He will replace current manager Mike Hargrove of the Mariners after their game at Safeco Field in Seattle on Sunday, July 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – With his team on a seven-game streak, 11 games above .500, Seattle manager Mike Hargrove quit today, explaining that 35 years in the business had simply left him too depleted to continue. Bench coach John McLaren will take over. GM Bill Bavasi, while supportive, acknowledged that Hargrove's departure left the team in a state of uncertainty.

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Said Hargrove of the accumulated strain:  "[The highs] were not high enough and the lows were too low." The surging Mariners, at any rate, seemed unaffected by the change at the helm, nipping Toronto in the final frame, 2-1, for their eighth straight. Ichiro Suzuki and closer J.J. Putz also learned of their selection for the 2007 All-Star Game. (Read more MLB stories.)

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