Detroit Tigers

It's The Tiger's Division To Lose

CHICAGO - JUNE 08: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers watches as his team takes on the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
adam smereckiCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

Whether Tiger fans believed it or not, the Tiger's are in first place.

At this point the only team that can derail the Tiger's in the weak Central Division is themselves. The front office has made the right moves. They stole Jarrod Washburn and Aubrey Huff, the farm system is paying off in certain spots and even Magglio Ordonez is starting to heat up.

So how could the Tiger's lose their lead in the Central Division? Two Words; Jim Leyland.

Jim Leyland is known as one of the best manager's in the game. At times though he seems to out-manage himself. He seems to go on his "feel" or his baseball intuition to make decisions. Most of the time Leyland does exactly the opposite of what is expected it seems out of spite. Aburey Huff was aquired to play the field in left or at third base. What does Leyland do with Huff on his first day with the team? He bats Huff fifth and DH's him. 

It's not for me to say if Leyland's success in the past stemms from his "gut feeling" or not. I can say though sometimes the right thing to do is the most obvious. Jim Leyland may just out-manage himself this year and the Tiger's could suffer.

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