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Not the Retiring Sort

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

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†

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Footnote:

*Became Nationals in 2005 †Turns 61 on Dec. 15 Source: Elias Sports Bureau

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PAUL SANCYA/AP (LEYLAND)

BUMMER CROP Leyland inherits a team that lost 91 games despite the play of Rodriguez.

PHOTO

DAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS (RODRIGUEZ)

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JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS (ROBINSON)