Detroit Tigers Were Smart to Keep Jim Leyland on Staff

By Spencer Impellizzeri
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With the Detroit Tigers keeping Jim Leyland as a special assistant to Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers made a great decision.

After serving as the Tigers manager from 2006 to 2013, Leyland stepped down following the loss to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. During his time in Detroit, Leyland helped the Tigers win three division titles and a pair of American League pennants after the team had struggled in the years before Leyland’s arrival.

Leyland has become very respected man in the baseball world, which can be attributed to his accomplishments.

He managed four different teams in his career, and led three of those teams to the postseason. He won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and won three Manager of the Year awards over his career. During his career as a manager, Leyland has helped develop numerous All Stars.

In addition to that, Leyland has served as a scout, and the Tigers could use that ability to help with their minor league system.

The Tigers minor league system has been depleted over the years by a number of trades, but the Tigers are in position to rebuild it now. Leyland could be used to scout future prospects and develop the prospects that are already on the roster.

The Tigers have some promising catcher prospects in their organization and Leyland could help develop them. During his playing career, Leyland played catcher and has worked with them closely in his career as a manager.

Having a veteran presence that knows the game like Leyland does could do wonders for the organization going forward.

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