February 10, 2016
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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