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.
He's a little busy at the moment, but Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is one of the popular candidates to become the Tigers' new manager. His current team is tied 1-1 in the World Series, but how does he rate on our LEYLAND scale?
Likelihood of bunting: 3 out of 10 LEYLANDS
The Red Sox had the fourth fewest sacrifice hits in the American League this season. Only saber-minded Oakland and Tampa -- as well as the White Sox, who just never had anyone on base -- had fewer.
Bullpen management: 5 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Baseline 5; +1 for Once all of the bad pitchers got hurt the Red Sox had a pretty good bullpen this year; -1 for Last time I checked, hitting coaches don't make bullpen decisions; +1 for Not old and/or crusty clearly means smart bullpen management; -1 for Not a former catcher, we're doomed; +1 for Was a former Tiger so MLive will love him; -1 for Was a former Tiger so MLive will love him.
Willingness to berate umpires: 3 out of 10 LEYLANDS
There aren't any videos of Lovullo getting tossed, but David Ortiz did this to a dugout phone on Lovullo's watch earlier this season.
Emotion: 5 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Mustache quality: 1 out of 10 LEYLANDS
One of his players grew one once.
Summary: 3.4 out of 10 LEYLANDS
Another weak score in what is turning out to be a pretty steep curve, Lovullo's score could change if we knew a little bit more about him. What are his favorite pizza toppings? Does he like dags? What is his favorite song on the radio that hasn't been overplayed a gazillion times yet? This is the type of hard-hitting analysis that we will soon figure out if Lovullo gets the job.
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