Jim Leyland will manage USA Baseball at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, reports Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.
Leyland, 71, retired in 2013 after 22 years as an MLB manager.
“I’ll definitely be ready,” Leyland, a three-time MLB manager of the year, told Morosi. “I’m never going to manage again after this. I didn’t think I’d manage this, either. But when I was asked, I could not turn this down. Not from an ego standpoint, but it’s the honor of being asked to manage for your country.”
During his MLB tenure, Leyland managed the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers. He reached the World Series three times, winning one title in 1997 with the Marlins.
The United States has never won a World Baseball Classic title.