According to an official announcement from USA Baseball, former manager Jim Leyland will manage Team USA in the World Baseball Classic for 2017.
— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) April 15, 2016
Leyland, 71, is currently a special assistant to Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila.
In 22 seasons, Leyland posted a .506 winning percentage, including a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins and two American League pennants, three AL Central championships, and four playoff appearances with the Detroit Tigers.
But if you have hopes to see Leyland manage again in MLB, don’t even think about it.
“I’m not ever going to manage again,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to get the idea that I’m going to manage again. I’m not. I was asked if I would do it and I said I would be glad to. It’s a great honor.”
“But I can assure you, those couple of weeks, I’ll be into this,” Leyland said. “I can assure you of that. I’m pumped up for it, and I will be into it, and I will do the best job I possibly can.”
Leyland last managed in 2013 after announcing his retirement with the Tigers.
It will be interesting to see what kind of team Leyland can put together for the 2017 roster. No names have been mentioned yet, but Leyland should at least have an idea of who he wants on his team. Would anyone like to see Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Clayton Kershaw on the same team? I would enjoy it!