Inside the Penalty Box

Why Jim Leyland should stay

Posted 10/9/09

With the Detroit Tigers disappointing their entire fan base, and blowing a three game lead with only four games left in the season to play, many fans are calling for the firing of Jim Leyland.

Understandable. The Tigers blew it, and he is King Tiger, so therefore he does bear some responsibility.

However, there is no way he will be fired as a Tiger, and it is ridiculous to even think of firing the man.

Below are the top 10 reasons why Jim Leyland will never be fired as the manager of the Tigers:

    10. Leyland was able to return the Tigers to the promised land in 2006 when he led the team to its first AL pennant in 22 years.

    9. The man smokes two packs of cigarettes a day — not even cancer can kill him.

    8. He spent six seasons in the Tigers organization as a catcher from 1964 to 1969.

    7. Leyland got his first job managing when he coached for 11 seasons (1971-81) in the Tigers minor league organization.

    6. He is only the seventh manager in the history of the game to ever win a pennant in the AL and the NL.

    5. He is a three-time Manager of the Year including awards in 1990, 92 with the Pirates and 2006 with the Tigers. He is only the third manager in history to win the award in both leagues — Bobby Cox and Tony LaRusa are the only other two.

    4. Who else would we hire, Bobby Valentine?

    3. He has a better win percentage in four years of managing the Tigers (.529) than former Tiger great, and Hall of Famer, Sparky Anderson had in 18 years as a Tiger (.516).

    2. He has as many AL pennants (1) in his four years as Sparky had in his 18 years (1-1984).

    1. He would still make a better Governor than Jennifer Granholm.

-- Inside the penalty box is a weekly on-line only sports column written by Gary Ridley, News Editor of the Oscoda County Herald.

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Rocker Bob Seger used to smoke five packs a cigarettes a day and he's still alive too.

I agree, though, keep Leyland manager, mostly because I don't think at this point we could do any better, only worse. The players seem to like him too, and in this day and age of professional sports, that's a big plus.

However, I don't think he would make a good Governor -- no smoking allowed in the capital building!

Saturday, October 10, 2009 | Report this

The Tigers could certainly do much worse than Jim Leyland. For example look at the Lions who have bounced around to various managers which certainly has not helped their game.

Pitching is still the name of the game. When the bullpen and 1 or 2 starters do not get the job done, wins do not happen. Key injuries were a factor this year. Inge, a first rate 3rd basemen, had to play with injured legs far too long. Guillen required a long recovery time. Injuries happen and most of the time cannot be helped. The best players hit under 400 so all will have an off day or period of time. Having said that, the entire team blew their chance this year and not one person.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | Report this

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