Originally written on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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I think Detroit Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland is smarter than a lot fans give him credit for. It’s easy to see this older man eating food during postgame interviews as a senile, bumbling, Marlboro-toting, old fool. Why not? But, for a man that has managed 3,319 games and began his career in Detroit almost 50 years ago, I think there is more to him than meets the eye. Here is a man that has garnered several Manager of the Year awards, in both the National and American Leagues. He has won Divisional, League, and World Series Titles. He has studied under the tutelage of the great Tony LaRussa. He is a man that has played, knows, lived, and breathed baseball. Let me be clear. I do not think he is the greatest manager ever. I wouldn’t even call myself a Jim Leyland ‘fan’. As a matter of fact, I’m cut from the same cloth as others that believe managers, hitting coaches, etc don’t play all that much into a teams final season record. Though, having said that, there have been many a time I hav...
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