Jim Leyland

Jim Leyland caps his legendary career with a WBC title for the U.S.

Jim Leyland caps his legendary career with a WBC title for the U.S.

Jim Leyland nearly broke into tears. USA Baseball had lured Leyland out of retirement to manage in the World Baseball Classic, and Team USA had just won the gold medal.

Leyland talked about the honor of managing for his country, of the coaches and players having the honor of representing their country. And then his voice dropped a bit, and he spoke haltingly.

“This is really about the men and women that serve our country,” he said. “That’s who this is for.”

After the interviews and after the celebration, Leyland would remove a uniform for what he said was the final time.

“I’m not wearing any baseball uniform any more,” he said.

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