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Baseball Playoffs | CLEVELAND VS. NEW YORK REPORT

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October 11, 1998|BILL PLASCHKE

During the season, there was talk that this might be Indian Manager Mike Hargrove's last.

Not because he was going to quit. No, believe it or not, because he was going to be fired for not doing more to inspire his players.

Two weeks into October, however, he is again the most popular man in town.

The locals are praising him for his work in Game 2 and 3 Indian victories in the ALCS.

He masterfully used six relievers in just the right spots to hold the Yankees scoreless over the final 5 1/3 innings of Game 2 . . . then replaced big-bat Jim Thome with pinch-runner Enrique Wilson at first base in the 12th.

Anybody else think Thome would have scored from first on a bunt?

"I don't know how much of a roll I'm on," Hargrove said in typically deadpan fashion. "I think a lot of times good players, obviously, will make decisions a lot easier to turn out right."

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