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Jim Leyland will see his number retired in Detroit

He will be only the second manager in Tigers franchise history to have his number retired.

August 3 will undoubtedly be a historic day for the city of Detroit, as #10 will become the 10th number retired by the Tigers. We talked about Jim Leyland; one of the most successful managers in the history of that franchise and who contributed with his wisdom and discipline to Miguel Cabrera becoming an icon in the “Motor City.”

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Leyland will be just the second foreman to have a number retired at Comerica Park. This after in 2011 the feline team decided to retire Sparky Anderson's #11; who led the 1984 Tigers to their fourth and final World Series title.

However, the native of Toledo (Ohio) is only one of three managers with at least 700 wins at the helm of the Tigers and the only one to lead the team to play in the postseason four times:

  • 2006: LA Champions
  • 2011: LA Central Division Champions
  • 2012: LA Champions
  • 2013: LA Central Division Champions

In addition to the retirement of his number, Detroit will celebrate his induction into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame a month before (in July), so it will be a doubly historic day filled with a lot of joy and also nostalgia.

“Jim Leyland is a quintessential baseball man and embodies much of what our fans in Detroit loved and appreciated about his time as our manager,” said Chris Ilitch; President and CEO of the Detroit Tigers.

“Jim demonstrated great passion in leading his team, a relentless pursuit of excellence and an uncanny ability to connect with people.”

He earned the respect of his players

What most characterized Jim Leyland during his time as manager was undoubtedly his character, but also his serenity and poise in facing difficult moments, which undoubtedly allowed him to earn the respect of his players, among them, of course, Miguel Cabrera, Aníbal Sánchez, Omar Infante, Víctor Martínez, Carlos Guillén and Magglio Ordóñez; some of the Venezuelans whom he had the opportunity to lead.

During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland earned 1.769 wins. His 3.499 games coached represent the 14th highest total in all of history. Additionally, he led the United States to the World Baseball Classic championship in 2017.

“I would like to thank Chris Ilitch and the entire Tigers organization for deciding to retire the number 10 in my honor this summer,” Leyland said. “Having the opportunity to coach in Detroit was one of the great privileges of my career and I still look back fondly on the memories we shared with Tigers fans. “This is a humbling moment for me and an honor I will cherish forever.”

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