“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.”
“He wasn’t going to be shut down,” Dombrowski said.
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.
As we approach game 6 of the ALCS, the play of Detroit first basemen Miguel Cabrera has not been questioned and many believe it shouldn’t be.
“Hopefully we can have him ready for the game back in Boston,” Leyland said. “Whether we’re going to have that or not, I don’t really know.”
When facing the Detroit Tigers, hitters get the joy of facing an All-Star Game starter and likely Cy Young winner; a former MVP and Cy Young winner; and an ERA champion.
Jim Leyland changing his lineup before game four appeased a lot of Tiger’s fans.
On a pitching rotation that includes All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer, ERA champion Anibal Sanchez and 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander, one can easily be overlooked.
Instead of being the first hitter of the game to try and pick apart the opposing pitcher, Jackson got to watch seven other guys do it first, and he said it helped.