In order to properly assess the Tigers' managerial search, we need access to Dave Dombrowski's office and the clubhouse. We don't have that. In fact, our managing editor is already dealing with snow up at the North Pole or thereabouts. Instead, we're going to judge managerial candidates based on five factors -- likelihood of bunting, bullpen management, willingness to berate umpires, emotion, and mustache quality. How will these factors be rated? On a scale of one to ten LEYLANDS, of course.
Lloyd McClendon is often the scapegoat of the Tigers fanbase's scorn when things don't go well offensively. Austin Jackson strikes out? Blame Lloyd. Prince Fielder doesn't have an RBI in the postseason? Blame Lloyd. Miguel Cabrera only goes 3-for-4 and doesn't hit a homer? Blame Lloyd.
Despite all of this, McClendon is one of the favorites (we think) to be named the next Tigers manager. Hey, he's an old pro at getting berated for things he has almost no control over, so he seems like he would be a great fit. Let's go to our LEYLAND scale just to be sure.
Likelihood of bunting: 10 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Every single bunt play that Jim Leyland put on in the last eight years was determined by Lloyd McClendon. Well, except the ones that worked. This is fact.
Bullpen management: 1 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Lloyd is a hitting coach, and looks pretty comfortable with his present job. Sure, he has managed before, but there's a good chance he might completely forget he has a bullpen. We will give him a point just to be safe.
Willingness to berate umpires: 9 out of 10 LEYLANDS
I took a point off only because I couldn't find the whole video.
(Skip to the 1 minute mark!)
Emotion: 6 out of 10 LEYLANDS
"Say 'what' again! Say 'what' again! I dare you! I double dare you..."
Mustache quality: 4 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Bonus points added for the hint of a Fu Manchu developing in this picture.
Summary: 6 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Lloyd's willingness to steal bases and do other old-timey baseball stuff scores high on our list, but until he recognizes that there is a bullpen in left field -- seriously, we have never even seen him look that way -- his potential will be limited.
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