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First of all, Leyland deserves an A for that suit on the red carpet Camaro ride prior to the All-Star Game.
And in-game, Leyland pushed all the correct buttons.
Being an All-Star manager is very difficult, balancing superstar personalities and talent, with the correct decisions to win your league home-field advantage in the World Series.
While Leyland made all the correct offensive moves, he took some flack for pitching Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning, instead of allowing him to close out his last All-Star Game.
Although in retrospect, Leyland could've waited until the ninth to unleash Rivera and "Enter Sandman," if things had gone differently and the AL lost the lead, Leyland would've gotten destroyed if Rivera didn't get his tribute.
"You know, I'm probably not the most popular manager in baseball," Leyland said to MLive.com, "and I wanted to make sure I got out of here alive."
Rivera was clearly okay with the moves his All-Star manager elected to make.
"We talked about it in batting practice," Rivera said. "He told me that he wanted to make sure I pitched. You don't know what can happen in the game of baseball. I think the plan was perfect."