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Leyland Named WBC USA Manager

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Jim Leyland, former manager and current special assistant to the Tigers, has been named the manager for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Jim Leyland managed the Detroit Tigers for 8 years and over 22 years in baseball. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997, and also has 3 league pennants. His overall Major League managerial record is 1769-1728. 1769 wins is 15th all time for all managers.

71-year-old Leyland in an interview earlier today said, “”It’s a great honor to be named manager of team USA. I’m looking forward to working with USA Baseball on this challenge in my career. I’m excited to get started and flattered with this opportunity.”

Leyland’s coaching staff will include Jeff Jones, Alan Trammel, Marcell Lachemann, Lloyd McClendon, and Willie Randolph.

The World Baseball Classic has existed since 2005 because the Olympics canceled baseball as an event.  In 2009, the United States national team won 4th place, their only top 4 finish ever.

No players have been selected as of yet for Team USA.

 

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