Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What is unusual about Jim Leyland's contract

Deal works for both Leyland and Tigers
The Tigers won the pennant. In those circumstances, the manager doesn't get fired. What is different about the Tigers and their situation with Jim Leyland is they do it on a year-by-year basis.
Normally, a manager on a one-year deal is considered a lame duck, who is doesn't command much respect in the clubhouse because the players figure he won't be there for the long term.
That wasn't an issue for Leyland last season working on a one-year deal. The players know and respect him. So they will do it again in 2013.
It's a good both sides. The Tigers aren't boxed in with Leyland in the long run, nor even the short term if it does wrong early next season. It's good for him because he can go somewhere else. He lives in Pittsburgh. It would not be surprising if at some point his managerial career goes full circle and concludes with the Pirates.
Some fans will be upset there were no coaching changes made after Gene Lamont's mistake of sending Prince Fielder home in Game 2 of the World Series. But with Leyland, like most veteran managers, you get his coaches. It's just part of the deal, and that is probably one of the reasons it is year-by-year deal.


Blogger Barry said...

Well Pat, we know what to expect from Leyland. I wish Leyland would ask himself that after 3 post season in seven years why I don't get a long term contract?

11:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regards to Lamont sending home Prince, isn't that sort of a non-issue at this point? The Tiger's body of work throughout the series proves they couldn't hit the darn ball. In hindsight, I think Lamont made the right call. Don't you think it's hard to second guess the call based on their overall lack of hitting??

12:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leyland is a very good old time manager that is strategically/tactically solid. I don't blame him for the Lamont send on Fielder, obviously.

However, Leyland does not go "out of the box" much or execute some exciting plays - like when Berry came up with the bases loaded and hit into a double play with one out. Good bunter and fast. Also his player moves are sometimes suspect.

I don't know, it looks like we're stuck like a 75 yr old retiree with a wife for 45 yrs that's constantly complaining to get your work done. But a good girl that you really appreciate.

1:34 PM 

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