Tigers waste no time, hire Leyland

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In an interview with The Associated Press earlier Tuesday, Trammell said he thought Leyland was a good choice to replace him. “He has ties with the Tigers. He was there when I signed,’ Trammell said. “Whether I’m there or not, I’ll always be a Tiger, and I’ll always root for the Tigers, because I’m a part of their history, and I’m proud of that.’ As a three-sport prep star in Perrysburg, Ohio, Leyland grew up in the middle of Detroit-Cleveland territory. His first 18 years in professional baseball were in the Tigers’ farm system six as a player, one as a coach and 11 as a manager. “I was a Tigers fan growing up because I was a little closer, 90 miles west of Cleveland and 50 or 60 south of Detroit,’ Leyland said in 1997. He was beaten out for Philadelphia’s managerial job by Charlie Manuel last winter. He has said he wanted to manage again close to his Pittsburgh home, which is about a five-hour drive from Detroit. The 60-year-old Leyland started his baseball career as a catcher in the low minors for the Tigers. He guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship, but has not managed since 1999 with Colorado. “That passion that Jim Leyland has had throughout his career is back within him to manage,’ Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “The decision to name one of the top managers in the game of baseball in recent time, to bring him back to this organization, is a very big day for our franchise.’ DETROIT — Jim Leyland’s baseball career has come full circle. The Detroit Tigers hired Leyland on Tuesday as their manager to replace Alan Trammell, fired a day earlier after three seasons. center_img Leyland was a two-time NL Manager of the Year with Pittsburgh, where he won three division titles on teams that featured Barry Bonds. @Dateline/justified: ARLINGTON, Texas @Body copy/justified: John Hart stepped down Tuesday as general manager of the Texas Rangers, clearing the way for 28-year-old Jon Daniels to become the youngest GM in major league history. Hart’s resignation came two days after the Rangers finished 79-83, their third losing season in four years under Hart and their fifth since winning their last AL West title in 1999. Hart, whose teams won six division titles in his last seven years in Cleveland ending in 2001, will be replaced by Daniels, who at 28 years, 41 days, is about 10 months younger than Theo Epstein was when he became Boston’s GM on Nov. 25, 2002. Daniels was promoted from assistant GM and Hart will remain a team consultant, the team said. @Dateline/justified: NEW YORK @Body copy/justified: Injured reliever Carlos Almanzar of the Texas Rangers was suspended for the first 10 days of next season for violating baseball’s steroids policy. The announcement came Tuesday, shortly after the 2005 playoffs began. Almanzar is the 10th major league player banned 10 days this year under the sport’s new policy, and the second Texas pitcher. Right- hander Agustin Montero was suspended on April 20. Almanzar had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow in May and missed the remainder of the season. He reported to Texas’ spring training headquarters in Surprise, Ariz., in July to continue his rehabilitation. @Dateline/justified: CLEVELAND @Body copy/justified: General manager Mark Shapiro has promised the Indians will make their best moneyball pitch to right- hander Kevin Millwood. They can only hope it’s high enough. Still stinging from the club’s collapse in the final week of the regular season, Shapiro said Tuesday the Indians will offer a multiyear contract to Millwood, the AL’s ERA champion who is eligible for free agency following the World Series. Millwood signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal last winter, then shrugged off a lack of run support and provided invaluable leadership to the Indians, who finished with 93 wins but missed the playoffs by going 1-6 down the stretch. Shapiro’s pledge was a bit surprising since Cleveland’s track record for re-signing its own high-profile free agents is abysmal, and because the mid-market club has been operating under a tight budget. In recent years, the Indians have been outbid by other teams for sluggers Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more