Sunday, October 7, 2012
Is this Leyland's walk off shot?
If the Detroit Tigers win the World Series...will Jim Leyland do it?
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is 67 years old. He has been involved with professional baseball in some way for the past 49 years (he's been the manager of the Tigers since 2006) and the Tigers are widely considered to be the favorite to win the 2012 World Series. Everything is wonderful...right?
Not exactly. Once the 2012 playoffs end for the Tigers (hopefully with them hoisting the World Series trophy), Leyland's contract will be up. The question for me isn't if Leyland wants to manage anymore, because I'm sure that part of him does. It's will the Tigers want him to manage. Sure he took them to a World Series in 2006 and a post season birth in 2011 and now 2012, but his teams overall have underachieved in my opinion.
Even if the Tigers do win the World Series, why would they give a man who is turning 68 years old on December 15th another contract extension? He can't be in the best health (see picture above) first of all. Why not let him bow out gracefully? If for some reason the Tigers don't win the World Series, they will still be a top contender for it next season and there will be a lot of quality managerial candidates on the market this winter (except for Terry Francona...nice pickup Cleveland) who would love to guide the Tigers next year.
With or without a 2012 World Series championship...I think that we are seeing the end of the Jim Leyland era in Detroit.
Posted by Matt Musk at 6:11 PM