The Prince Fielder era in Detroit was a bizarre one.
Dropping ALCS Game Six to the Red Sox may have been a blow to Tigers fans, but Detroit beat Boston big in another battle.
“Maybe he just didn’t know what else to say,” Leyland said about Fielder. “I think he was embarrassed by his performance. He probably didn’t handle it as good as he could have handled it … I just hope that they give the guy the benefit of the doubt.”
The Tigers are built on pitching and Ausmus, like Matheny, would have enough in depth knowledge to handle the staff as well as anyone.
Leyland joined the team in 2006. Prior to his arrival, the team had not made the postseason in 18 years.
MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal has reported that Jim Leyland is retiring from his post as Detroit Tigers manager.
“I felt like we put ourselves in the position, I feel like we were one or two plays away from going to the World Series,” Verlander said.
Will he look back and think the team had a great season?
With the 2013 ALCS being over and the Tigers having lost in 6 games, fans will no doubt have their thoughts and theories as to why Detroit is not heading back to the World Series.
A grand slam by Boston’s Shane Victorino ended the American League Championship Series run for the Detroit Tigers, losing to the Red Sox 5-2 on Saturday night.