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Tigers bring back Jim Leyland, entire coaching staff for 2011

Sep 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Despite a disappointing 80-78 record that puts them in third place and out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season since a World Series run in 2006, the Tigers announced today that they’re bringing back manager Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff for next year.
Leyland was already signed through 2011, so his return certainly isn’t a shock, but the lack of any shakeups on the staff is somewhat surprising.
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, pitching coach Rick Knapp, first base coach Tom Brookens, third base coach Gene Lamont, infield coach Rafael Belliard, and bullpen coach Jeff Jones will all return in the same roles.
Leyland is 423-384 (.524) since taking the Tigers job in 2006.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Leyland & Co. had a winning season and a winning record. Why not bring them back and try to find some better tools for them to do their trade with?

  2. lukejameslarson - Sep 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Most predictions and projections had the Tigers somewhere around .500, and finishing the season in either 2nd or 3rd place. Given the injuries that they have endured, I wouldn’t call the season disappointing.
    I feel like a lot of people’s expectations were skewed because they won a lot of games before the all-star break, but a weak run differential suggested that they were in for a major correction. Nobody should have been surprised when it came. Losing Ordonez, Zumaya, and Guillen were major blows.

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