The former manager of the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers, Jim Leylandchose to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in the class of 2024. Leyland received the 93.8% of the votes came from the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee, beyond the 75% threshold required to raise.
Leyland, 78, currently serves as a special assistant with the Tigers, the last team he managed in the big leagues. Leyland had a successful career as a manager, winning the championship of World Series in 1997 with the Marlins and brought to Tigers in two World Series in 2006 and 2012. He is also the manager of Pittsburgh Pirates for ten years, from 1986 to 1996, and won three consecutive NL East titles from 1990 to 1992. appointed Manager of the Year three timestwo in the National League (1990 and 1992) and one in the American League (2006).
Leyland led the Tigers from 2006 to 2013, won four consecutive American League Central Division titles from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, the Tigers returned to the World Series, but were swept by the San Francisco Giant. The boss announced his retirement as manager after the 2013 season, but stayed on tiger organization as an advisor.
The current Hall of Fame member also coached the United States in the 2017 World Baseball Classicwhere he won gold medal by defeating Puerto Rico in the end. It’s Leyland one of eleven managers to lead three different teams to the postseason and the seventh to win pennants in both leagues.
Leyland will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July 21, 2024 in Cooperstown, New Yorkalong with other candidates selected by the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee and the writers of Baseball Writers Association of America. The immortal expressed his gratitude and humility for the honor, saying that “It’s the dream of every kid who loves baseball”.