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Jim Leyland urges reporters to hold umpires accountable after bad third-strike call against Red Sox (Video)

The Red Sox beat the Tigers 7-4 on Monday night thanks in large part to a three-run second inning that was made possible by a missed call. With two out and two strikes, Boston shortstop Mike Aviles tipped a ball that Detroit catcher Gerald Laird caught for strike three. It should have ended the inning, but the homeplate umpire ruled that the ball hit the ground and Aviles was given another chance. He singled and the Red Sox went on to score three runs. After the game, Jim Leyland decided to take out his frustrations on the reporters rather than the umpires.

“There should not have been a second inning rally,” Leyland said after the game according to FoxSportDetroit.com. “There were three outs. I’ve been in the game a long time, when the catcher catches the ball and it’s strike three you call the guy out. It’s that simple, isn’t it?

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Jim Leyland says Cole Hamels’ five-game suspension is ‘way too light’

You want old school? Look no further than Jim Leyland. If anyone knows a thing or two about old school, it’s the Tigers 67-year-old manager. When Cole Hamels intentionally hit Bryce Harper with a fastball over the weekend and admitted to it after the game, he said he did it because he was an old school pitcher. The MLB then suspended him five games for the act, and Leyland thinks the punishment should have been harsher.

“I don’t know the man,” Leyland said of Hamels according to MLB.com. “I know he’s a very good pitcher, a very talented guy, but when you come out and admit (hitting Harper intentionally) like that — that ball could have missed, hit him in the head or something else like that — and you come out and admit that, I think five games is way too light, in my personal opinion. And I would expect that if that was my pitcher, if my pitcher went out and, almost in a braggadocious way, talked about hitting a guy and that, ‘I did it on purpose.’

“I felt the way I read it, and I don’t know if the kid meant it this way, but it was almost like a braggadocious thing. That’s not enough. There’s no way.”

I’m with Jim. If Hamels truly was old school — and I don’t think hitting a 19-year-old on purpose to welcome him to the league qualifies him — he wouldn’t have felt the need to brag about it after the game. It’s one thing to hit a guy on purpose, but it’s another to do it and make sure everyone knows about it. I certainly don’t like Harper, but the way Hamels handled himself was uncalled for. Harper deserves credit for keeping quiet about it and taking it in stride.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Jim Leyland Was So Happy with Jose Valverde He Kissed Him (Picture)

Defeating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a clinching game is an overwhelming experience.  New York has a lineup that is nearly impossible to conquer, so when your pitching staff holds the Yankees to three runs over the nine most important innings of the year it’s understandable to be overcome by emotions.  Believe it or not, that even goes for the MLB’s toughest manager.  Check out this picture of Jim Leyland kissing Jose Valverde after Game 5 of the ALDS:

Hopefully Jimmy has changed his socks and underwear by now for Valverde’s sake.  I’m sure the closer doesn’t want to risk being soiled after his 51-for-51 performance in saves to this point in the season.  You know you must have done something right for that guy to plant one on you.

Jim Leyland Not Scoring Points with the In-Laws After this Story

Jim Leyland had a routine pre-game press conference Thursday leading up to Game 5 between the Tigers and Yankees. He was asked by a reporter if he arrived at the ballpark early for the game. Apparently that was a reference to a previous occasion when Leyland showed up for a playoff Game 7 extremely early in the morning. Leyland’s explanation was pretty funny, but it likely won’t earn him any bonus points with the in-laws.

“My wife is one of 11, and all her brothers and sisters were there that morning. And they were partying and having a good time. And this was 7:00 in the morning. So, I went to the ballpark at 8:00 in the morning for an 8:30pm game because I couldn’t take it,” he said. “To be honest with you, it was brutal.”

I’m not sure what year that was, considering the Tigers haven’t played in a Game 7 under Leyland. Maybe it was Game 7 of the 1997 World Series between the Marlins and Indians. Who knows? Let’s just hope all is well in the Leyland household after that story. If you know anything about Leyland, you know he’s not someone you want to irritate.

Jim Leyland Wearing Same Underwear, Socks Until Tigers Lose

The immortal Crash Davis once said, “Never f*** with a winning streak.” Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland clearly heeds that message.

The Tigers have won 12 in a row and are 13.5 games up in the AL Central. Their magic number to clinch the division is one, and Leyland isn’t doing anything that could put the streak in jeopardy.

“I will wear these underwear until we lose,” Leyland said before his team’s game against Oakland Thursday. “I can tell you that right now. And they will not be washed. And I don’t give a (expletive) who knows it.”

Leyland said his baseball socks have holes in them from being worn repeatedly. But he issued a warning to Tigers clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel.

“I told Schmakel if somebody threw them out, that would be the end,” Leyland said.

In addition to the underwear and holy socks, Leyland, a well known smoker, has been lighting up cigars each day of the streak. There was one in the ashtray in his office Thursday. Some people might find the practice gross, but you can’t mess around when your team is that hot. Wash one sock and it can all be over.

I get it, and I certainly prefer it to this nonsense. Let’s just hope he didn’t opt for the Aubrey Huff undergarment.

Jim Leyland Ejected After Awesome Tirade (Video)

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland went on an awesome tirade last night during the Tigers-Blue Jays game. Check out what happened during the 7th inning that led to his ejection:

I was watching that live on Monday and joked that it lasted so long there was enough time to read an entire Bill Simmons article while he was ranting. Let’s make sure everyone knows that reversing the call was the right decision by the umpires, but I understand why Leyland was ticked. Still, I’m always pleased when umpires get the call right, regardless of whether or not they have to reverse their initial decision. You telling me Leyland wouldn’t have been satisfied had the umpires done that with Armando Galarraga?

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for linking to the video because I forgot MLB.com is now allowing sites to embed video!

Jim Leyland Accepts Fan Second-Guessing About Removing Porcello from Shutout

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is an outspoken character who is unafraid to voice his opinion. Last week he said interleague play was flawed, he’s argued against instant replay, and he steadfastly believed that Miguel Cabrera’s alcohol problems wouldn’t affect his play. Now he’s ranting against the fans who call into sports talk radio shows to hear their own voice.

Leyland was asked by WXYT host Jeff Riger about the criticism he’s received for removing Rick Porcello from Sunday’s game after eight innings. Porcello had a one-hit shutout going and had only thrown 84 pitches, but Leyland decided to put in closer Jose Valverde to pitch the ninth. Pitching complete game shutouts are special accomplishments for pitchers, and that’s why some fans were upset. Leyland made it clear he doesn’t care about the criticism. Here’s what he said in response:

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