Just one day after Major League Baseball's regular season ended, managers Mike Hargrove of the Baltimore Orioles and Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox have been fired.
The 53-year-old Hargrove said he was told by Orioles' management Monday that he would not be offered a contract for 2004. The Orioles just completed their fourth straight losing season under Hargrove and sixth straight overall. His record with Baltimore was 71-91 this season (and 275-372 overall).
Before being hired by Baltimore in November 1999, Hargrove won five division titles with the Cleveland Indians and twice took the team to the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox fired Jerry Manuel after six years with the team. This year Chicago was 86-76, and finished four games behind Central Division champion Minnesota.
The 49-year-old Manuel led the White Sox to the American League Central title in 2000 and was named AL Manager of the Year. He had one year left on a contract extension he signed in February 2001. Overall with Chicago he won 500 games and lost 471.
The White Sox concluded their season with a 5-1 victory at Kansas City on Sunday. Afterward, Manuel talked like a manager who knew the end was near. He said he had no regrets, and that the team had a chance to get the job done against the division-winning Minnesota Twins, but failed to do it.