There are some exciting things to announce regarding the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Former MLB manager Jim Leyland is part of an eight-name pool of eligible managers, executives, and umpires for the Hall of Fame.
The Hall announced that the eight men will be considered by its Contemporary Baseball Era Committee for Managers/Executives/Umpires for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2024.
The eight names are Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, Ed Montague, Hank Peters, Lou Piniella, Joe West, Bill White, and Leyland.
The Contemporary Era Committee will meet on December 3, and the results will be announced that same day on an MLB Network show at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Leyland is the only person ever to win a World Series and the World Baseball Classic (WBC) as a manager.
MLB insider Jon Morosi made sure to make a case for him to be elected.
“Big news today: Jim Leyland is on a @baseballhall ballot for the first time. World Series champion. @WBCBaseball champion. Eight postseason appearances. Two AL pennants in Detroit. He belongs in Cooperstown,” he tweeted.
Big news today: Jim Leyland is on a @baseballhall ballot for the first time.
World Series champion. @WBCBaseball champion. Eight postseason appearances. Two AL pennants in Detroit.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 19, 2023
He did the former in 1997 with the Miami Marlins (then Florida Marlins) and the latter in 2017, leading Team USA to its first WBC title.
He managed 3,499 games at the major league level, winning 1,769 for a .506 percentage.
He was the skipper for four MLB franchises: the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-96), the Marlins (1997-98), the Colorado Rockies (1999), and the Detroit Tigers (2006-13).
Besides leading the young and hungry Marlins to the glory in 1997, he took the Tigers to two World Series, in 2006 and 2012, and won three Manager of the Year awards.
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