When I first heard Jim Leyland was stepping down I was shocked because most people would have stayed on to try and win a World Series. But then I thought, oh crap what will they do now, even though I called for him to do just that. Dave Dombrowski gave the most obvious statement in the world when he said “If this had happened last year we would have offered Terry Francona the job”.
Then I recalled how Jim Leyland has made this a destination stop for free agents. With our roster, managers should want to come here too, right?. That is when I started hearing the names Dusty Baker and Charlie Manuel want to come coach the Detroit Tigers.
When Philadelphia fired Charlie Manuel I thought maybe he was done managing and they wanted to see what Ryne Sandberg had. I was wrong. Mr. Manuel says he wants to manage again and the Detroit Tigers should at least interview him for the position.
Manuel seems to have all the necessary requirements. He has managed big egos and big expectations in Philadelphia, plus he won the World Series in 2008. He managed in Cleveland so he knows the division as well and is also a players manager like Jim Leyland, so the change would not be as hard on the players.
This would give the team the veteran manager they need. Hopefully Charlie Manuel can find that magic he had in 2008 and bring us a World Series.