While current managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny are busy preparing their teams for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series tomorrow night, general managers of 28 other Major League Baseball clubs are trying to get a jumpstart on 2014.
If any Major League Baseball manager knows what it’s like to play with fire, it’s Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. The notorious chain-smoker and brilliant baseball mind has Motown fired up and in a frenzy with Game 1 of the 2012 World Series just four days away. But, as the Tigers watch and wait to see who their opponent will be, Leyland has scheduled scrimmage games against the organizations minor league teams Sunday and Monday.
Good idea? Bad idea? Even Leyland can’t answer that question.
“Is it going to have any bearing on whether we win or lose, I can’t answer that,” Leyland told the media Saturday.
How’s this for irony: When Terry Collins was hired to manage the Houston Astros in 1994, he walked around the clubhouse during Spring Training wearing a t-shirt – or making a statement – that read, “Second place is the first loser.”