detroit — Jim Leyland did not want to make the decision.
And the National Baseball Hall of Fame doesn’t force you to choose.
The Hall of Fame announced Friday that when Leyland is inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, his plaque will not include any team logos. Leyland was torn between two teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who gave him his start as a major league manager, and the Detroit Tigers, with whom he began his career as a minor league player and coach, and finished his career with eight seasons. . as his Major League coach.
“I will always appreciate the teams that gave me the opportunity to be their manager in the Major Leagues,” Leyland said in a statement, via the Hall of Fame, on Friday. “We had great moments with each of those clubs and I am proud that they will all be mentioned on my Hall of Fame plaque.
“I want to make sure I show respect to each of those teams, and this does that.”
Members have a say in which logo appears on the plaque, but the Hall of Fame has the final decision.
Leyland, 79, was elected to the Hall of Fame in December by a committee of veterans, and will be inducted on Sunday, July 21 in Cooperstown, New York, along with Adrián Beltré, Todd Helton and Joe Mauer, who were elected by the baseball. writers, in the voting results announced last month. Beltré’s plate will have the Texas Rangers logo, while Helton and Mauer played entire careers with one team, the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins, respectively.
Leyland managed the Pirates from 1986 to 1996, leading them to three consecutive division championships, before leaving to manage the Florida Marlins, with whom he won the 1997 World Series.
He left in 1999 to manage the Colorado Rockies and stayed there for only one year.
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He was hired by the Tigers before the 2006 season and led the 2006 team to the World Series, just three years after the team lost 119 games. He won three American League Central titles with the Tigers and also led them to the World Series in 2012. Detroit lost the World Series to St. Louis in 2006 and San Francisco in 2012.
Still, Leyland oversaw arguably the greatest run of sustained success in Tigers history.
For his career, Leyland was 1,769-1,728, a record close to .500, the result of major liquidation sales in both Pittsburgh and Florida. He also led the United States to the World Baseball Classic title in 2017.
Leyland visited the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown earlier this week and saw the empty spot on the wall where his plaque will go after this summer’s ceremony. Leyland signed the spot on the wall.
“I held my own against a lot of these guys, and I managed to handle some of them,” Leyland told MLB.com after his Hall of Fame tour. “It’s just exciting to see this. I’ve seen some of the plates before, but never took a detailed tour of them. It is so exciting. It’s hard to believe you’ll have a plaque here with these people. “It’s pretty emotional, to be honest with you.”
There are dozens of Baseball Hall of Famers without a logo on their plaques, most recently Fred McGriff, who was inducted in 2023. Others include Leyland’s manager and great friend Tony La Russa.
Leyland is the first Tigers manager to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since Sparky Anderson, who was inducted with the Cincinnati Reds logo in 2000. Anderson began his major league managerial career with the Reds and won two Series titles. World Cup, before going to the Hall of Fame. Tigers, with whom he spent more years but won a World Series championship.