Not the Retiring Sort

Six years after he quit managing--for good, he thought--Jim Leyland is back with the woeful Tigers
October 23, 2005

issues. We'll start next season with a clean slate." He says he's more troubled by some on-field problems that he's already spotted in his early assessment of his team: a high strikeout rate and a lack of speed.

Says Leyland, "I think I'm the only one in this organization who wishes spring training started tomorrow."

Extended Vacation

Jim Leyland is shooting to become the fifth skipper in major league history to manage for at least 10 seasons, take a hiatus of six years or more and then return as a manager for a full season.

 

Manager First stint Second stint Duration
FRANK CHANCE Cubs-Yankees 1905--14 Red Sox 1923, at age 45 One season
LEO DUROCHER Dodgers-Giants 1939--55 Cubs 1966, at age 60 6 1 /2 seasons
PAUL RICHARDS White Sox--Orioles 1951--61 White Sox 1976, at age 67 One season
FRANK ROBINSON (above) Indians-Giants-Orioles 1975--77, '81--84, '88--91 Expos* 2002, at age 66 Active
JIM LEYLAND Pirates-Marlins-Rockies 1986--99 Tigers 2006, at age 61† ?
Footnote: *Became Nationals in 2005 †Turns 61 on Dec. 15 Source: Elias Sports Bureau
PHOTOPAUL SANCYA/AP (LEYLAND)BUMMER CROP Leyland inherits a team that lost 91 games despite the play of Rodriguez. PHOTODAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS (RODRIGUEZ) PHOTOJONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS (ROBINSON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)