Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Hargrove, Everett decline to discuss shouting match
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove and designated hitter Carl Everett refused Wednesday to talk about their closed-door shouting match, most of it from Everett, that occurred after the 14-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels a night earlier.
The 35-year-old Everett went into Hargrove's office about 45 minutes after the game and apparently voiced his frustration about his diminished playing time with the addition of veteran Eduardo Perez in a trade with the Cleveland Indians last week.
Hargrove plans to platoon Everett, a switch-hitter, and Perez as Seattle's DH the rest of the season, with Everett hitting against right-handed starters and Perez against left-handers.
"What I said and what Carl said is between us," a serious Hargrove said at his pregame meeting with the media before Wednesday night's game with the Angels. "It's just part of the job, part of the business. None of this stuff surprises me."
The Mariners lost Tuesday night after leading 5-1 and dropped to 1-4 on the current homestand. During the game, Hargrove had Perez pinch-hit for Everett as the last batter in the ninth inning.
"I don't want to talk about it," Everett told a reporter. Then he told a team representative who approached him on behalf of the media, "Tell them it's none of their business."
In the locker room before Hargrove talked to the media, he talked briefly to Everett, who replied with a smile.
"In the course of a season, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary," Hargrove said of Tuesday's eruption. "Any player has the right to come into my office and say what he wants to say. I have not experienced anything here that I did not experience in Cleveland."
In his second season as Seattle's manager, the 56-year-old Hargrove managed the Indians from 1991 through 1999, guiding them into the World Series in 1995 and 1997. In Cleveland, he managed high-maintenance Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez.
Everett was signed by the Mariners as a free agent in December after playing for the World Series champion Chicago White Sox last season. He was in the Mariners' lineup as their DH on Wednesday night against Angels right-hander Bartolo Colon.