Jim Leyland
American baseball manager
Jim Leyland
James Richard "Jim" Leyland is a Major League Baseball manager, currently with the Detroit Tigers. He led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, and previously won three straight division titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Tigers' victory in the 2006 American League Championship Series, Leyland became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both the National and American Leagues.
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Nationals pitcher Scherzer plans to join USA for Classic
Yahoo News - 4 months
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, a 20-game winner this past Major League Baseball season, says he plans to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic next March. Scherzer, a finalist for this year's National League's Cy Young Award as best pitcher, would be reunited with his former manager, Jim Leyland, who will guide the American squad in the quadrennial tournament of top global talent. The 32-year-old right-hander won the 2013 American League Cy Young Award as top pitcher while under Leyland with the Detroit Tigers.
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5 things to know about Mariners going into camp
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
[...] he spent eight seasons working under Jim Leyland in Detroit. The first steps into that role start will be taken during spring training, when the Mariners are expected to garner some of the biggest buzz in Arizona because of Cano's signing. [...] hope is Franklin Gutierrez finally avoids the disabled list and returns to his former Gold Glove level in center field. With Iwakuma reporting to camp with a splint on his middle finger, an injury that will require four to six weeks, there might be an early-season opportunity for a youngster to make a couple of starts. Baker was signed to a minor league deal but would appear to be the Mariners best option for that role now. Seattle has seen Maurer and Ramirez at the major league level, but Paxton's stint late last season inspired belief that he could be the best long-term option.
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Bochy carving out quite a career
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The Astros belted three home runs and took advantage of three San Diego errors to rout the Padres 10-2. [...] he's the majors' longest-tenured, approaching his 20th consecutive season at the helm and tops among active managers in career wins, thanks to the exits of Jim Leyland and Dusty Baker. Bochy's longevity stems from strong relationships with players and bosses and a lot of good baseball along the way. The 58-year-old, who evolved from backup catcher to manager of two World Series champions, is signed through 2016, with his three-year extension kicking in next season. Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre, who are 3, 4 and 5 on the all-time wins list, attended a Monday news conference at the winter meetings, in which the expansion era committee announced they'll be in the 2014 induction class, having been voted in unanimously. Elsewhere at the winter meetings, Bochy watched the news conference on television. According to Jack McKeon, Bochy's managing career is just getting ...
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Hurdle, Francona named year's top managers
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Clint Hurdle, who guided the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff berth since 1992, and Cleveland's Terry Francona were named Major League Baseball's Managers of the Year in voting revealed on Tuesday. A media panel voted on both awards, with Francona getting the nod after his club won its final 10 games of the regular season to reach the playoffs, becoming the first Indians' manager to claim the honor since Eric Wedge in 2007. Francona did not win the award in 2004 or 2007, seasons when he guided the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series titles since 1918. Hurdle captured the National League award, becoming the first Pirates bench boss so honored since Jim Leyland in 1992, after Pittsburgh won 94 games, taking his three-year mark with the long-moribund club to 245-241 since his arrival in November of 2010.
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Lloyd McClendon Hired As Mariners' New Manager
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
SEATTLE -- SEATTLE (AP) — Llyod McClendon was hired as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking over a rebuilding job that Eric Wedge walked away from. McClendon becomes the third manager hired by general manager Jack Zduriencik. Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners' fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team. Wedge's contract expired after the season. The 54-year-old McClendon is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year. He will be formally introduced by the team on Thursday. "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to manage the Seattle Mariners," McClendon said in a statement. "Seattle has a tremendous group of talented players and the fans and city should be excited about the club's future. I'm looking for this group to take a big step forward." Seattle is the fourth club to fill its managerial vacancy. The Washington Nationals hired Mat ...
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Brad Ausmus Named Detroit Tigers' New Manager
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending AL Central champions. Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit's pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. Ausmus takes over a team that has reached the AL championship series three straight years and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014. Ausmus managed Israel's team in the World Baseball Classic, but he's inexperienced as a manager compared to some other potential candidates. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010. The Tigers also interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach — as well as Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. If continuity was Detroit's main concern, McClen ...
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Jim Leyland resigns as Tigers' manager
LATimes - over 3 years
The 69-year-old guided the Tigers to two World Series appearances during his eight-year tenure in Detroit. Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.     
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Jim Leyland stepping down as Tigers manager - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
Bloomberg Jim Leyland stepping down as Tigers manager USA TODAY Jim Leyland, who led the Detroit Tigers to two pennants in eight seasons and got them to the verge of a third this season, will not return for a ninth. Leyland announced in a press conference Monday that he is stepping down as Detroit's manager. SHARP: ... MLB loses one of its great characters as Jim Leyland retires as Tigers managerNew York Daily News Jim Leyland: Possibly a Hall of Fame manager, definitely a HOF manCBSSports.com Expect a new trend for this crop of managerial hiresMLB.com MLive.com -The Detroit News -SB Nation all 542 news articles »
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Leyland resigns as Tigers manager
Fox News - over 3 years
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland steps down.
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Leyland steps down as Tigers manager
Chicago Times - over 3 years
DETROIT -- Saying simply it was time, Jim Leyland has decided to step down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.     
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Leyland
  • 2016
    Age 71
    On April 15, 2016, Leyland was named the manager of Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details His son, Pat Leyland, was drafted by the Tigers in 2010 and has also played in the Seattle Mariners organization.
  • 2013
    Age 68
    He retired from managing following the 2013 season, remaining with the Tigers organization as a special assistant.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Brad Ausmus.
    On September 25, 2013, Leyland won his 700th game with the Tigers.
    More Details Hide Details With the 1–0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers clinched their third consecutive American League Central Division title. Leyland joined former coach Tony La Russa as the only managers who have led two different MLB franchises to three consecutive division titles.
  • 2012
    Age 67
    In 2012, Leyland led the Tigers to an 88–74 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division.
    More Details Hide Details On that team, Tiger third baseman Miguel Cabrera was the American League Triple Crown winner that season. This was the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. When the Tigers won the AL Central for the second consecutive season, Leyland became the only Tigers manager besides Hughie Jennings to lead Detroit to the postseason three times. In the 2012 postseason, Detroit defeated the Athletics in a five-game ALDS and returned to the World Series following a sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Detroit was swept in the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Giants. They were shut out twice, the same number as in the entire 162-game regular season, and had a team batting average of .165.
    On May 1, 2012, Leyland gained his 1,600th victory as a major league manager, passing Tommy Lasorda on the all-time wins list.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    In 2011, Leyland led the Tigers to another 95–67 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division.
    More Details Hide Details They went on to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series before losing to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    Leyland also won The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2006.
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    After the 2006 season ended, Leyland was recognized with the Manager of the Year award for the third time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details He became the third person to win the award in both leagues, joining La Russa and Bobby Cox.
    In the 2006 regular season, Leyland guided the Tigers to a 95–67 record, the Tigers best season since 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The Tigers entered the playoffs as a wild card, and went on to defeat the New York Yankees and sweep the Oakland Athletics to win the American League pennant before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series. In leading the team to the AL pennant, he became the seventh manager to win pennants in both major leagues, joining Joe McCarthy, Yogi Berra, Alvin Dark, Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams, and Tony La Russa.
    With the Tigers victory in the 2006 American League Championship Series, Leyland became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both the National and American Leagues.
    More Details Hide Details He is a three-time Manager of the Year Award winner, twice in the National League (1990 and 1992), and once in the American League (2006).
  • 1999
    Age 54
    When he left managing after the 1999 season, he became a Pittsburgh-based scout for the St. Louis Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details Following the release of Alan Trammell as the manager of the Tigers, Leyland was hired as new Tigers manager, returning to the franchise with which he spent the first 18 years of his professional baseball career. It marked the first time Leyland managed in the American League.
    Leyland was subsequently hired by the Colorado Rockies for the 1999 season, walking away from the final two years of his contract.
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  • 1998
    Age 53
    Leyland indeed remained as the manager, but resigned after the 1998 season, when the Marlins went 54–108.
    More Details Hide Details At his press conference, Leyland remarked that he thought his job was to win championships, but that apparently was not what Huizenga wanted.
  • 1997
    Age 52
    In 1997, Leyland was hired by Wayne Huizenga to manage the Florida Marlins and promptly led them to the franchise's first championship.
    More Details Hide Details The Marlins, in only their fifth year of existence, became the fastest expansion franchise to win a World Series. The Arizona Diamondbacks surpassed the Marlins when they won the World Series in 2001, their fourth season. In the offseason, Huizenga dismantled the team in what became known as "the fire sale." After Game 7, when asked about rumors that he might retire if Huizenga sold the franchise, Leyland quipped, "My wife doesn't like me that much. I can't retire."
    He led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, and previously won three straight division titles (1990, 1991, and 1992) with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • 1990
    Age 45
    He won two Manager of the Year trophies with the Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and finished as runner-up in 1988 and 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Leyland helped develop such All-Stars as Barry Bonds, Jay Bell, Tim Wakefield, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla in Pittsburgh before a fire sale in the mid-1990s soured him with new ownership. Under Leyland, the Pirates went to the National League Championship Series in three straight seasons (1990, 1991, and 1992). The Pirates lost all three of those NLCS, however, with the latter two going the full seven games against the Atlanta Braves. Although he has moved on in his career, Leyland still keeps his home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he met his wife Katie and has raised two children, Pat and Kellie. Both attended Bishop Canevin High School. One member of Leyland's coaching staff while with the Pirates, Terry Collins, the manager of the New York Mets, wears number 10 to honor Leyland.
  • 1986
    Age 41
    Leyland was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 to 1996.
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  • 1982
    Age 37
    Leyland left the Tigers organization for the first time in 1982 when he became Tony La Russa's third base coach for four seasons (1982–85) with the Chicago White Sox, including the team's 1983 AL West division title, before being named the 33rd manager in Pittsburgh Pirates history on November 20, 1985.
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    In 1972, Leyland became a minor league manager in the Tigers organization; beginning with the Clinton Pilots of the Midwest League; from 1979–1981, he was the manager of the Evansville Triplets winning two divisions (1979, 1981) in the American Association.
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  • 1970
    Age 25
    He spent seven seasons as a minor leaguer in the Tigers organization (1964–1970), but mainly served as a coach with the Montgomery Rebels in 1970 while playing in just two games for the team.
    More Details Hide Details Leyland was a career .222 hitter in the minor leagues.
  • 1963
    Age 18
    Leyland began his baseball career with the Tigers when they signed him as a catcher on September 21, 1963.
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  • 1944
    Born on December 15, 1944.
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