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Hershiser To Manage Tribe?

Now that Orel Hershiser is through trying to pitch the New York Mets to the World Series, a new career may be just ahead.

The Cleveland Indians have talked to him about becoming their next manager.

"We've had a couple of brief conversations," Hershiser said on the field Tuesday night before Game 6 of the NL championship series.

Hershiser, who pitched for the Indians from 1995-97, is well liked and respected by Cleveland general manager John Hart. The 41-year-old right-hander went 13-12 with a 4.58 ERA for the Mets this year, improving his career record to 203-145.

Hart fired Mike Hargrove last week after the Indians lost to Boston 3-2 in the first round of the AL playoffs. Hershiser said he understood he was the top choice on some Cleveland fan Web sites.

"I think when this part is over, that is something I would be interested in, interested in talking to John about," Hershiser said.

Mets general manager Steve Phillips said he had not heard the Indians had an interest in Hershiser.

With the Mets' season extending into late October, Hershiser and Hart decided to put off more detailed discussions.

"We agreed it's not fair to me to talk about it now," Hershiser said. "We'll talk when this thing is over."

Hershiser had allowed one hit in 3 1-3 shutout innings against Atlanta going into the sixth game.

Hershiser won the 1988 NL Cy Young Award while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending the regular season with a major league-record 59 consecutive scoreless innings. After going 23-8 during the regular season, he was MVP of the NL championship series and World Series.

Hall of Famer George Brett also has been mentioned as a possible candidate along with Indians batting coach Charlie Manuel, Davey Lopes, Chris Chambliss, Willie Randolph, Don Baylor and Ted Simmons.

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