Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s retirement took Red Sox manager John Farrell by surprise Monday morning.
“Very surprised,” Farrell said. “I had sent him a text yesterday morning just to congratulate he and the organization on not only a great team, but a great year. I expressed the respect that we have for him, and certainly I have personally for him for all the success he’s had in his career.
The Red Sox defeated the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Fenway Park to clinch a World Series berth.
“To see the announcement today, and to listen and know early September this was very clear on his mind, that’s surprising.
“But my gosh, when you take a step back and you’ve seen someone who has managed for 22 years, it’s a hell of a career and one I’m sure he’s extremely proud of.”
Between the likes of Terry Francona (whose shoes he’s already filling fantastically) and a Jim Leyland, I’d say Farrell has some great mentors to take his cues from.
You don’t think Leyland packed up his rocking chair and called it a day because Erin Andrews ratted him out on live National television (during the 30 minute power outage delay in the Sox-Tigers series) for smoking in the dugout do you? Nah.