With Tuesday’s win over the Cleveland Indians, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland won his 1700th game as a manager sparking the discussion: Does he belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame? If he were to retire today, he would have fail to reach the average for the Hall of Fame managers in all four major categories that they are evaluated by, wins, winning percentage, World Series appearances, and World Series wins. However, if Leyland continues to manage, all the benchmarks are still within reach.
I took all the managers who are in the Hall of Fame that managed the majority of their career in the World Series era (1903-present), which only eliminated two guys, and compared them to Leyland. Also I took Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa, who are for sure first ballot Hall of Famers, but haven’t been retired long enough to qualify. Torre isn’t eligible until 2015 and LaRussa in 2016.