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."
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.
Red Sox 1923, at age 45
Cubs 1966, at age 60
6 1 /2 seasons
White Sox--Orioles 1951--61
White Sox 1976, at age 67
FRANK ROBINSON (above)
Indians-Giants-Orioles 1975--77, '81--84, '88--91
Expos* 2002, at age 66
Tigers 2006, at age 61‚Ä†
*Became Nationals in 2005 ‚Ä†Turns 61 on Dec. 15 Source: Elias Sports Bureau
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BUMMER CROP Leyland inherits a team that lost 91 games despite the play of Rodriguez.
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