Detroit Tigers Have Big Shoes to Fill With Jim Leyland Stepping Down





Despite having one of the most talented rosters in the league over the last three years, the Detroit Tigers have dealt with plenty of frustration as they’ve managed to reach the playoffs each season, but fall short of the ultimate goal of winning the World Series. Even 2013 was a similar case as the Tigers contained one of the best rotations in baseball on top of having two of the most powerful hitters the game has to offer in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder–only to lose to the Boston Red Sox in six games in the ALCS.

While there’s no question Detroit should be one of the top contenders in the American League once again next year, it looks like they’ll need to figure out a way to adjust without one of the best managers baseball has seen in Jim Leyland.

 

Apparently, Leyland told the team his plans of stepping down after the team fell to the Red Sox in Game 6 of the ALCS last week. Leyland’s name has been thrown around in the talks of retirement for year and at the age of 68–it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear the news of the manager stepping down.

As for what the Tigers will do for next season–that’s a different story.

Obviously, it won’t be easy for Detroit to replace a manager like Leyland considering he led the team to two appearances in the World Series since 2006, but at least the new manager will have one of the most talented rosters in baseball once again as the Tigers will look to reach the playoffs for the fourth-straight season. Leyland has always been considered one of the best managers in the game, but even at his age–there’s only so much an individual can handle.

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  • David Miller Rant

    I wonder if Joe Girardi would have thought twice if he knew the Tigers would be available since they are perennial favorites. Huge void for Tigers to fill though for sure.