Jim Leyland Is Only 67: America Reacts

So today I realized/learned that Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is 67 years old. Seriously? Just 67? Look at this guy:

Stunned by my discovery, I did what any sane person would do: I expressed my shock and dismay to the approximately two dozen sad, lonely souls and spambots who follow me on Twitter.

America’s response tells us something about something, I tell you what.

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Matt Klaassen reads and writes obituaries in the Greater Toronto Area. If you can't get enough of him, follow him on Twitter.


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Big Daddy V
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Big Daddy V
4 years 17 days ago

67, coincidentally, is the number of blown saves the Tigers will have this year.

rambodiaz
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rambodiaz
4 years 17 days ago

You call him Jim Leyland. I call him Sparky Anderson for Generation X.

Jack
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Jack
4 years 17 days ago

In a few days, we’re going to find out that he’s actually 28 and his real name is Fausto Carmona.

samuelraphael
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4 years 17 days ago

Jim Leyland got Van Slyk’d

Cito Gasto got Canadian Healthcare.

halebm
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halebm
4 years 17 days ago

well played haha

Aaron55
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Aaron55
4 years 17 days ago
MikeS
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MikeS
4 years 17 days ago

But every day you spend in Detroit counts as three days of aging.

81
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81
4 years 17 days ago

Y’all are trying hard

tbonemacd
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tbonemacd
4 years 17 days ago

Poor Leyland. Dream job, attractive wife, makes millions, good family. What a loser.

Ralph
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Ralph
4 years 16 days ago

This can’t possibly be true. I remember him managing Pittsburgh 20+ years ago as a kid and he seemed old. I figured he had to be pushing 80 if not older.

Eric R
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Eric R
4 years 16 days ago

Manager aging curves?

1920-2011, 3 year buckets, min 3000 games managed per bucket:

Age wins/162
33 77
36 79
39 81
42 80
45 80
48 81
51 82
54 81
57 81
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60 85
63 85
66 88

Leyland is just hitting his prime– someone give him a big deal now!! :)

rea
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rea
4 years 16 days ago

In this famous picture of Fidrych after one of his last wins (1980), a much younger Leyland (sitting next to his mom, to whom the Bird just gave the game ball) is the guy behind Fidrych with his arm raised. Leyland had managed Fidrych in the minors at a rehab stint.

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?NewTbl=1&Avis=C4&Dato=20090413&Kategori=SPORTS02&Lopenr=904130803&Ref=PH&Item=1&MaxW=600&MaxH=450&border=0&Quality=100

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