Lots of reasons to like the retiring Jim Leyland, and to miss him

Monday October 21st, 2013
Jim Leyland could be gruff but he frequently showed his emotions, most recently at his retirement press conference.
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He was a mess after former Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych died. Leyland had managed Fidrych in the minor leagues, and the thought of Fidrych dying at age 54 hit him hard. But other times, a famous baseball figure would die at age 90 or 93, and if Leyland had any connection to the man, somebody would ask Leyland about him. He would share a story and some thoughts, and then he would point out: That person was old when he passed, and he had lived a heck of a life. If you looked through the cigarette smoke, you could see the man's point.

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