Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Teachers And Baseball Managers Edition

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland compares baseball managers and teachers.  Leyland shows a better grasp of education than politicians and policymakers.
"Things I always get a kick out of ... you win 95 games as a manager and all of a sudden you are not going well, (then) you are a dummy. Now (fans think) you need a different manager, a different hitting coach, a different pitching coach," he said. "That is usually not the answer. We are not doing anything different than we did last year."
"If people knew the amount of time that Jeff Jones (Detroit's pitching coach) and Lloyd McClendon (Tigers hitting coach) put in, it would be mind-boggling to them. It's not different than a teacher in school. I teach you all day long. Here's the test. (I) can't take it for you."
The difference, of course, is that Leyland gets to choose who plays for him, and he's judged on 162 regular season games not a single test.

(I should be more charitable to Leyland but his Tigers beat the Twins on Friday and Saturday.)

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