I find myself this off-season writing a lot about the movements of coaches and managers. Now there is news this morning out of Texas that former MLB player and coach Mike Hargrove has agreed to manage the Liberal BeeJays, a summer baseball team for college players in the Jayhawk League. Do we know of any instance when a former MLB manager one season managed a summer college league team the next? Has the Cape ever had a former MLB player or manager as head coach?
The Jayhawk League is not known as one of the top collegiate leagues, but the Liberal team apparently is near Mike's home in Perryton, Texas (located near the Oklahoma border in the panhandle region).
Hargrove shocked the baseball world this season when he unceremoniously resigned as manager of the Seattle Mariners just as the team was on a winning streak that would put them in contention for an AL wild card berth.
Interestingly, I had a chance to talk with Mike at the Mariner's fanfest this season. I reminded him of a game he played in the 1970s in Tulsa, OK. He responded that his sisters had been living in Tulsa and then later that his son, Andy Hargrove, had been playing college ball recently at Oral Roberts in Oklahoma. I got the sense as we spoke that he had some passion for baseball in that region of the country so this does not come as a complete surprise to me.