Leyland: "I Don't Really Believe That"

Jim Leyland discusses the evolving role of managerial decisions – or lack thereof – as well as technology and its impact on the game

Taz and the Moose
October 15, 2019 - 9:13 am
Jim Leyland

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There’s no doubt that stats, data, and sabermetrics have fundamentally changed the game of baseball. Some folks love these changes; others, not so much. But a manager’s job today is a lot different than it was just a few years ago.

Or is it?

“Well, I don’t know if it’s shifted exactly as much as everybody says it has,” Jim Leyland said on Taz & The Moose. “I think it has shifted some. I’m not really privy to that kind of information. Some people talk about sending lineups down and that – I don’t know if those are suggestions. I don’t know if those are, ‘This is what you’re going to play today.’ I don’t really believe all that.”

Leyland, 74, managed in the major leagues from 1986 to 2013. He was a three-time Manager of the Year and won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997.

“There’s more involvement,” Leyland said of organizations influencing managerial decisions. “There’s more information than there’s been. But we had the same information when I managed. Today there’s a little bit more of it. They talk about technology in today’s game, but we had technology when I was in the game years back.”

Of course, what passed for technology decades ago wouldn’t pass for technology today.

“I remember the guy that manufactured the first Iron Mike machine was technology,” Leyland said. “The guy that made the curve ball machine was technology. That was technology. They came up with a curveball machine that threw breaking balls to hitters. Seriously, that’s all technology. They’re talking about the high-speed cameras and stuff. I understand technology. I been around a long time.”

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