Why Firing Jim Leyland Would Be a Terrible Mistake for the Detroit Tigers

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Why Firing Jim Leyland Would Be a Terrible Mistake for the Detroit Tigers
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The Detroit Tigers were unanimous favorites to win the American League Central this year and advance to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1934 and 1935.

But the Tigers have stumbled to a dreadful start, going 20-24, as they sit six games back of the Cleveland Indians for the division lead, now over a quarter through the season.

Usually, when a team fails as epically as the Tigers have so far, the blame, the finger pointing, and more often than not, the firing, goes to the person in charge.

In this case, Jim Leyland is on the hot seat, and after every loss, his seat gets a degree or two warmer.

But Leyland has put his blood, sweat and tears into this team, and has taken them to places the Tigers haven't been in almost 30 years, since the vaunted "Roar of '84."

People expected the 2012 Tigers to have similar success to the 1984 world champions, but thus far, the team just hasn't put it together.

But if general manager Dave Dombrowski and owner Mike Ilitch fire Leyland, they'd be making a terrible mistake.

Here are the six reasons why Leyland is still the right manager for the Tigers.

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