Detroit Tigers Links: Speculating Detroit's next manager & previewing the Cardinals, Red Sox World Series

Leon Halip

Speculating Detroit's next manager; potential offseason trade opportunities; and previewing the Cardinals, Red Sox World Series. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Tigers links:

Tigers needs proven winner to succeed Jim Leyland
ESPN, Jim Bowden

With Jim Leyland stepping down, the Tigers' managerial opening is the best one out there. Jim Bowden has two candidates in mind. (Subscription required)

Analysis: Salary increases due to four starting pitchers likely to lead Detroit Tigers to make trade, Chris Iott

Even if one were to peg Max Scherzer at $15 million and give Rick Porcello and Doug Fister modest raises to $7.5 million and $6.5 million, that would put the rotation's cost next season at $64.8 million, more than a $20 million increase over what those five made in 2013.

Pool of veteran managers so underwhelming, Tigers should give newcomer a shot
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

In November 1985, longtime baseball man Syd Thrift, the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his first splash on the job, hiring a little-known baseball lifer named Jim Leyland.

Two of the Stupidest Things You Will Ever Read About the Tigers

I know I said I was going to take a few weeks off to take care of some personal things and recharge my batteries, but I just had to share a couple items I was unfortunate enough to read today. See if this stuff annoys you as much as it did me.

How Much Longer Is Detroit’s Window Open?
FanGraphs Baseball, Mike Petriello

The Detroit Tigers were really good in 2011, making it to the ALCS one year after finishing at just .500.

ALCS post-mortem: The Fielder play
The Hardball Times, Shane Tourtellotte

It was the top of the sixth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series, and the Detroit Tigers were in a very good position.

Leyland Unplugged (and what makes a "great" manager)
HardballTalk, Joe Posnanski

What a fascinating baseball career Jim Leyland has had. He was born and raised in Toledo, less than an hour from Detroit, and he was a no-hit minor-league catcher for the Tigers for seven years.

Detroit Tigers must look for Jim Leyland-type who'll stress basics immediately
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel

In short, the new guy has to be a lot like Jim Leyland. But bringing in a new voice and a new way of teaching the fundamentals won't hurt at all.

Like rest of Tigers coaches, McClendon waiting
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Tom Brookens and Gene Lamont said it yesterday, and Lloyd McClendon repeated it today.

History Will Judge Leyland Favorably in Detroit, and It Should
Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?, Greg Eno

The year still looms there, like the cheese that stands alone. 1984.

Bon Voyage, Mr. Leyland
Motor City Bengals, Blair Tatrault

In 2006, in his first year as manager in Detroit, Jim Leyland brought a gritty confidence to a team coming off a dismal 71-91 season.

Elsewhere in baseball:

World Series preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox
Big League Stew, Mike Ox

This doesn't actually happen as much as you might think. The two teams with the best records in the American League and National League are meeting in the World Series.

Is the Cardinals/Red Sox matchup the most annoying World Series possible?
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

You know that it is. But let's take a look and make sure.

October is a way of life for St. Louis Cardinals
ESPN, Jayson Stark

Preparation. Information. Dedication. Winning. That's the mindset the Cardinals have as they pursue a second title in the past three years.

More Roars

Ausmus favorite pick for Tigers’ manager

Leyland’s Cooperstown credentials

Prince Fielder will not be traded: here’s why

4 faces: A character study of Jim Leyland

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