October 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) leaves the pitching mound after a pitching change during the eighth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Links 10/22: Replacing Jim Leyland


Leyland steps down as Tigers manager: ‘It’s time” – Detroit News

Leyland retired Monday, and it wasn’t as emotional as you might have thought it would have been. There were times Leyland’s voice broke. But there weren’t times he just plain lost it.

It was just Dombrowski and Leyland in front of the media, one saying good bye as a manager while accepting another undetermined position within the organization, the other answering questions about the search to come.

Tigers embark on wide-open skipper search – Tigers.com

“We have a very good club, and expectations will be to compete and try to win a championship next year,” Dombrowski said. “So, we’ll put all of that in the hopper, have some discussions, have some questions and start to interview some people pretty soon.”

It’s not a simple matter of finding the right person. At the roots, at the first step along the road, it’s a matter of the Tigers deciding whether they’re better off keeping continuity, or whether their roster needs a different voice as a spark.

Who Should Be the Tigers’ Next Manager – Bless You Boys

There are several things to consider. This has been a World Series-contending team for three straight years, and most of the core team will be back again in 2014. Whoever takes over as manager is stepping into the middle of something already in motion.

Do you want a veteran manager in this spot, someone with past postseason experience? Do you need to bring someone up from within the organization, so as not to upset the existing team/clubhouse chemistry? How well has it worked in the past to use in-house managerial options? Does that even really matter? Does anyone really want to try to bring Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell back?

Removing Max Scherzer: The Right Call – FanGraphs

Given the result, some second guessing is natural, and it’s easy to assume that Scherzer could have and would have done better than his relievers. But a look at the numbers strongly suggests that going to the bullpen was the right move.

Who will replace Jim Leyland? – Fox Sports Detroit

“In this situation, though, we’re looking at a team that can win right now. We need a manager who will be prepared to help us do that.”

That’s bad news for one of the hottest young managerial prospects out there, former Tiger Brad Ausmus.

Miguel Cabrera likely to have surgery on strained groin – Detroit Free Press

Dombrowski said that Cabrera was seen by a specialist in Philadelphia before the postseason and that Cabrera is going to see the specialist again “very soon. Perhaps this week. With the anticipation that he may need some surgery to fix that.”

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