“If there’s a fit for both parties and I’m offered the position, I’ll accept it.”
After his interview with general manager Dave Dombrowski on Monday night, Jim Leyland had that to say about the Tigers’ available managing job. It means, of course, that if there’s a fit, the job is his.
All that remains is a formal offer — and from what Dombrowski said earlier in the day, alternately glancing back at Alan Trammell’s three years as manager and looking forward to what he hopes will be happier days, there’s every indication the Tigers will make that offer today.
“I’m driven to move pretty quickly,” said Dombrowski, who also interviewed Tigers coaches Bruce Fields and Juan Samuel after firing Trammell, “because I think in Leyland’s case, there will be a lot of interest in him. I will say we’re moving very fast.”
Unmentioned is the fact this would be Leyland’s first time managing an American League club, though I personally think such there’s not much to such distinctions. I’m 100% confident that Leyland is just as capable of quitting on the Tigers as he was in walking away from the Pirates, Marlins and Rockies.