Skip to content

Jim Leyland is a funny guy

Dec 5, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

Jim Leyland

I’ve learned to more or less ignore the managerial availabilities here at the Winter Meetings because, let’s be honest, they’re 30 slightly different exercises in saying nothing. At least they are now that Ozzie Guillen is gone. Just the offseason version of “we gotta take ’em one day at a time” ManagerSpeak.

I went to Jim Leyland’s just now, though, because he makes me laugh.  And he didn’t disappoint.  The highlights:

  • Leyland was asked about Miguel Cabrera playing in the World Baseball Classic. Leyland said he’s not a fan of the WBC but “I support it because the Commissioner gets mad when I say I don’t support it.” Mr. Leyland, Commissioner Selig is on line two. I think you had better take it.
  • He was asked about the Tigers’ closer situation and didn’t tip the Tigers’ hand, but he did say “One thing you can say about Jose Valverde, he knows how to turn the page.”  After watching him pitch late in the season, I think that book is “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
  • Asked about the future of the Tigers, and how long until Avisail Garcia or Nick Castellanos may become regulars, he said “you know, that’s a very good question.” He didn’t answer it, but he did acknowledge that it was a good question.
  • Leyland asked who the team to beat is in the AL Central: “Hopefully the Tigers.”
  • On an actually substantive topic, he was asked about Gene Lamont becoming the bench coach. He said that Lamont’s knees were going and it’d be easier on him to be in the dugout rather than couching third. Color me dubious. Leyland has never had a need for a bench coach and you don’t move an effective third base coach if you can avoid it. Gotta figure this was devised to get a better third base coach without firing Leyland’s longtime compadre.
  • Leyland, when asked about getting over the World Series, said “you can’t chew yesterday’s breakfast.” People who follow Leyland closely are mostly surprised that he only used that phrase once.
  • Leyland apparently just attended his 50th high school reunion. He said he had a good time. He was asked about the women at the reunion: “They looked pretty good to me. I wonder how they thought old Jimbo looked.” When people laughed he noted that, back in high school, he was voted “Most Popular Boy” and said that if we didn’t believe him we could go look in his yearbook.
  • Finally, as Leyland’s presser was ending, Terry Francona walked over and hovered, waiting to sit down for his own press conference. The reporters flocked to Francona, leaving old Jimbo with a much smaller crowd than he started with.

“Most Popular Boy” my foot.

OK, back to the rumors and stuff.

Latest Posts
  1. Dodgers promote Sergio Santos, DFA Xavier Cedeno

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:35 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos Sergio Santos

    The Dodgers made a couple of moves to make room for reliever Sergio Santos, called up on Friday.

  2. Mariners place Hisashi Iwakuma on the disabled list

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT

    Hisashi+Iwakuma+Samurai+Japan+v+MLB+Stars+eDKaXCk7Myql Getty Images

    Hisashi Iwakuma is dealing with a strained right lat muscle.

  3. Mets lose to Yankees, winning streak halted at 11 games

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jacob deGrom Jacob deGrom

    The Mets have lost for the first time since April 11.

  4. Blue Jays expected to activate Michael Saunders on Saturday

    Apr 24, 2015, 9:10 PM EDT

    michael saunders getty Getty Images

    Michael Saunders should be activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays on Saturday.

  5. Wandy Rodriguez is starting for the Rangers tonight

    Apr 24, 2015, 8:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez Wandy Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez is starting on Friday night against the Angels.

  6. Josh Hamilton heads back where he belongs

    Apr 24, 2015, 7:27 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton

    Hamilton’s return to Texas is the best-case scenario

  7. Mets shut Bobby Parnell down for a week due to forearm tightness

    Apr 24, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell Bobby Parnell

    Mets reliever Bobby Parnell won’t throw for a week as he experienced forearm tightness during his Tommy John rehab.

  8. Report: Angels, Rangers agree on Josh Hamilton trade

    Apr 24, 2015, 5:55 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    The Angels and Josh Hamilton are reportedly parting ways.

  9. Jose Fernandez becomes a U.S. citizen

    Apr 24, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez Jose Fernandez

    Bonus of Tommy John rehab: more time to study for your naturalization test.

  10. Rob Manfred was asked again about the leaks in the Josh Hamilton case. His answers weren’t much better.

    Apr 24, 2015, 4:05 PM EDT

    manfred getty Getty Images

    Two weeks ago he said there would be no investigation. No he says the league has “tried mightily” to figure out the leaks. Really?

  11. Back injury sends Christian Yelich to the disabled list

    Apr 24, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT

    yelich getty Getty Images

    Yelich, who agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract this spring, was off to a slow start by hitting .200 with zero homers and a .488 OPS through 11 games.

  12. Must-Click Link: Alex Rodriguzez: the slugger with a thousand faces

    Apr 24, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters Reuters

    A-Rod’s habit of destroying narratives explains an awful lot about why reporters have developed a habit of destroying A-Rod.

  13. Orioles running out of infielders, put Ryan Flaherty on DL

    Apr 24, 2015, 2:49 PM EDT

    ryan flaherty getty Getty Images

    That leaves Everth Cabrera and Jimmy Paredes as the Orioles’ double-play duo.

  14. Kris Bryant is still mulling a grievance against the Cubs

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

    Kris Bryant Getty Images

    But even if it’s successful, it may not do what he wants it to do.

  15. Rays get James Loney, Drew Smyly back from disabled list

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:19 AM EDT

    smyly rays getty Getty Images

    Allen Dykstra, who filled in for Loney at first base, is headed back to Triple-A.

  16. Jarrod Parker makes first rehab start since Tommy John surgery

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP AP

    Parker has been aiming at an early June return to the A’s.

  17. Someone sure as heck didn’t like the Barry Bonds decision

    Apr 24, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds AP

    “That guy I despise got the benefit of the legal process! What a bunch of bull!”

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Travis (3981)
  2. J. Hamilton (3722)
  3. A. Russell (3639)
  4. D. Smyly (3423)
  5. D. Mesoraco (3229)
  1. T. d'Arnaud (3191)
  2. C. Rodon (3052)
  3. B. Zobrist (3015)
  4. K. Bryant (3005)
  5. J. Nathan (2979)