The Indians appointed former Tribe Player and Manager Mike Hargrove as a Special Advisor for the 2011 season Tuesday.
The Indians Hall of Famer will assist the organization in a variety of roles including assisting Manager Manny Acta’s coaching staff in spring training, joining the STO broadcast team on select telecasts and serving as a resource for the many business, community and charitable endeavors of the franchise.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to once again be a Cleveland Indian and am very much looking forward to helping any way that I can," Hargrove said in a release. "Even when I was away and managing other teams I always had an interest in what was happening with the Indians. All I can really say is that it is good to be home."
The Indians agree.
"We are excited to have Mike back in the Indians’ family,” said Tribe president Mark Shapiro. "His legacy here is as a Player and Manager, as well as his consistent role in the community, provide him with a unique platform to impact our team, our fans and our community. It will be an honor to once again work with Mike and we know his impact will be felt by generations of Indians’ fans and players who will all benefit from his knowledge of the game and love of Cleveland Indians baseball."
"The Human Rain Delay" spent 22 years in an Indians uniform as a player, coach and manager. The 1974 American League Rookie of the Year with Texas, Hargrove later batted .292 in 888 games over seven years with Indians. He led the American League with a .432 on-base percentage in 1981. Hargrove's best season in Cleveland was 1980 when he batted .304 with 11 home runs, 86 runs scored and 85 RBI.
As the Tribe skipper, Hargrove went 721-591, including two AL titles and five AL Central Division crowns. Hargrove ranks second all-time in club history in managerial wins behind Lou Boudreau (728), third in managerial winning percentage (.550) and is the only Indians Manager to guide the Tribe to two AL Pennants. He was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2008.