Tigers to honor former manager Jim Leyland on May 10
DETROIT — It was one of the wishes that Jim Leyland threw out at his emotional press conference at Comerica Park when, just two days after the end of the Detroit Tigers’ playoff run, he announced his decision to step down as manager.
“I hope in the next two or three years that I get a chance to throw out the first pitch at Comerica Park,” he said.
How about May 10, Jim?
The Tigers announced Thursday that the franchise’s third-winningest manager will do just that, throwing out the first pitch before a home game against the Twins, after an on-field ceremony to honor Leyland’s legacy.
Leyland won 700 games as the manager of the Tigers, guiding the team to three straight American League Central division titles, two AL pennants, and making two trips to the World Series.
The only question: Who catches the pitch?