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Farewell, Jim Leyland

I have long loved Jim Leyand.  When Dusty Baker was let go earlier this month, I was asked who I wanted to replace him.  My answer?  Jim Leyland.  Of course, I knew Leyland couldn’t be the answer, but he was my immediate response.  I also remember thinking that if Leyland wasn’t the Tigers manager in [...]


I recently read Tony LaRussa’s One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season, and was struck by how much he saw the game change, with players attitudes being affected by money, agents and endorsement deals.  I had dinner with a former manager, who had left [...]

Sunday Reading

Ever wonder what happened to Mark Prior?  Well, he is alive and well and pitching for the Red Sox AAA team, in Pawtucket, RI.  He is focused on making it back from all of his injuries as a relief pitcher- and many think he can still get some folks out, as long as he can [...]

Tony LaRussa and Jim Leyland

Just a quick link to get the morning rolling to a cute story about Tony LaRussa who is assisting his old friend Jim Leyland in Tigers camp this season.  He still doesn’t quite know what his job description is, perhaps caddy, but here is the Jason Beck piece that shows how the old friends are [...]

The Fielders of Detroit

Detroit signed Prince Fielder two days ago, filling a void created by Victor Martinez and his ACL.  The Tigers needed Fielder to stay atop the AL Central, they may have been the team that needed him most.  Sure that Nationals are still struggling for legitimacy, and Fielder would have given them that kind of bat, [...]