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Orioles Fire Manager Mike Hargrove

September 29, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Mike Hargrove was fired Monday as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, one day after the team finished its fourth consecutive losing season under his direction and sixth straight overall.

Hargrove told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he met Monday with team officials and was told of his dismissal.

``They said they weren’t going to offer me another contract,″ Hargrove said. ``I guess they wanted a different personality.″

The Orioles did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Hargrove, 53, went 275-372 with the Orioles, including 71-91 this year. His departure did not come as a complete surprise, given that his contract ran through this season and the team never talked about an extension.

Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan, the vice presidents who oversee the team’s baseball operations, are expected to quickly start the search for a new manager.

Before learning his fate, Hargrove wondered aloud if the duo would find someone with better credentials.

``I understand if they want to bring their own people in,″ Hargrove said. ``And if they want to go in another direction, I understand that. But I’m not sure they can bring anyone in that can do a better job than what we do, or do a better job than we did this year.″

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