After retiring from the manager's chair following the conclusion of the 2013 season, Jim Leyland is back! No, he's not returning to manage the Tigers, or any Major League Baseball team for that matter. Instead, Leyland will make his return to managing by leading Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Jon Paul Morosi reports.
The coaching staff features a few names familiar to Tigers fans: Jeff Jones, Lloyd McClendon, and Alan Trammell. They will be joined by Willie Randolph and Marcel Lachemann, Morosi reports.
While Leyland never won a World Series with the Tigers, he was largely considered the face of the baseball resurgence in Detroit. Since retiring, he has served as a special assistant to the general manager for Dave Dombrowski and now to Al Avila. While his role with the team is more to serve as a figurehead, it's still refreshing to see him around the organization and professional baseball in general.
As the manager of Team USA, Leyland will once again have a roster talented enough to win a world championship, this time in the literal sense of the word "world." It's too early to start guessing who will be on the roster, but some of the notable players who represented the country in 2013 were Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, and David Wright.
While it's unlikely that any Tigers will be on the roster considering the team's best players aren't American, Leyland is already thinking about what he'll do if he runs into Miguel Cabrera for Team Venezuela.
What happens if Venezuela’s Miguel Cabrera bats with tying run on base in 8th? "I already told Miggy I’m going to walk him," Leyland said.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 15, 2016