Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Farewell to Jim Leyland

Though he's in his 70's, Jim Leyland surprised the baseball world by stepping down as the skipper of the Detroit Tigers.

I'm sad to see Leyland go. He's one of the few remaining members of the "old school" - a group that I define as players and managers with a certain grittiness, team-first, head-down, play hard mentality that is fading from the game. Bryce Harper falls into that group, hence the reason he's one of my favorite players.

Leyland didn't put up with any nonsense in his clubhouse. He wanted his guys to have fun, but more importantly he wanted them to play and behave in a manner that was representative of him and the organization. It's no coincidence that Detroit has been one of the best teams in the league since he took over.

Happy trails, Jim. The game will miss you.

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