CLEVELAND -- The Indians will have a familiar face around the ballclub during the upcoming season. On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that it has hired Mike Hargrove as a special advisor for the team.
Hargrove -- a former Indians manager and player -- will provide an additional voice in a variety of areas within the team's operations. Hargrove will assist manager Manny Acta's coaching staff during Spring Training and he'll help on the broadcast and business side of the club throughout 2011.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to once again be a Cleveland Indian," Hargrove said in a statement, "and am very much looking forward to helping any way that I can. 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."
Beyond aiding Acta's staff, Hargrove will spend time as a part of the Sportstime Ohio broadcast team on select telecasts. He will also serve as a resource for Cleveland's many initiatives in the community and assist with other business and charitable activities.
Hargrove spent 22 years in an Indians uniform as either a player, coach or manager. He captured the 1974 American League Rookie of the Year Award with the Rangers and later went on to hit .292 in 888 games over seven years as a member of the Tribe. Hargrove also ranks second all-time in club history for managerial wins with 721 from 1991-99, guiding the team to AL pennants in '95 and '97. He was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in 2008.
"We are excited to have Mike back in the Indians' family," Indians team president Mark Shapiro said in a release. "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."
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