I have always supported the Detroit Tigers manager, Jim Leyland. I have always believed in him. In fact, I have always been honored that a man with such a great resume and reputation has been the head of this fantastic organization. The thing that most every fan does not understand with Leyland is not the easiest to explain, but it is the reason that I will always trust him with this team.
This theory that I have about Leyland is a multipart theory. First off, there will always be times during the season where you will simply have no clue why Leyland decided to do what he did. You just have to accept that fact and be patient. Most of the time, if you just let it play out, his decisions will begin to fall into place. However, most fans are the furthest thing from patient. They want answers and wins now. Well, baseball is a long season. Its the longest season out of any of the main sports. You have to let things play out and you have to realize that there is time for those decisions to start to make sense, and for Leyland, most of the time they do. You just can’t expect to understand everything he does as soon as it happens. The length of the season brings me to the second part of my theory.
You can never be perfect for 162 games. You are going to make wrong decisions and they are going to look bad. Jim Leyland is old school, and he is a players manager. He will say it how it is and he will always have his players’ back. This is what fans get frustrated about most in my opinion. He sticks with his players to the very end (Just think of what happened with Inge and what is happening with Raburn). Leyland knows how long the season is, so he manages to that known fact. He lets things play out and he sticks with his team because he knows what they are capable of, and he knows that there is time to turn things around. He never stresses the importance of a single series, but he always stresses the importance of playing an entire season.
So before you judge him, wait and see everything play out to the end. Wait and see where the Tigers are come late September.