On Tuesday, January 31 at 9pm EST the MLB Network will air the original program Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball, which will feature clips from Leyland’s historic baseball career a manager. The special will also feature a new interview with Leyland, by Bob Costas.
Jim Leyland was a beloved manager in Detroit, taking the helm of the Tigers from 2006-2013, arguably some of the best seasons in recent memory. His baseball experience goes much deeper however. He led the then Florida Marlins to their 1997 World Series win, and when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates he managed them through three consecutive division titles in 1990, 1991, and 1992. He won manager of the year three times in his career, twice in the NL and once in the AL. He managed a whopping 3499 games.
He has the dubious distinction of being one of the most ejected managers in baseball history, with 68 ejections in his career, including one most Tigers fans reflect on as his greatest.
“Jim Leyland: A Life in Baseball” will touch on Leyland’s early career as a player, where he spent the bulk of his time in the Tigers’ minor league system before transitioning into management.
The special airs January 31 at 9pm EST on the MLB Network. You can watch a preview for it below.