Notable nattering nabob of the Detroit Free Press Drew Sharp recently took a break from his negativity to proclaim Tigers manager Jim Leyland as the easy pick for American League Manager of the Year. When Sharp writes, I instinctively believe exactly the opposite. But maybe he's on to something. Leyland won the award in 2006. In just his first year in Detroit, he guided the Tigers from perennial bottom-feeder to their first playoff appearance since 1987. Almost as soon as he was named manager, Leyland was doing the kinds of things that don't show up in box scores: acting like the leader, inspiring the team to play to its potential, lambasting the team for underachieving and managing expectations as it rose to prominence. His decision to lean on rookie pitchers Justin Verlander and Joel ...
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