Tigers smoker/manager Jim Leyland, 62, gives the Associated Press great filler material for its nightly notes package — and a good reason for me to post.

Manager Jim Leyland, who prides himself on being œold-school, says it’s good he does not understand all the up-to-date medical jargon trainers and doctors use.

œI’m all fouled up on the medical state of the game of baseball, if you want to know the truth. I’m lost, the 62-year-old Leyland said. œAnd I don’t want to make stupid comments to offend anybody. I believe people a whole lot smarter than me are doing what they think is best for the players in modern techniques. I marvel sometimes how you went from (treating pitchers’ arms with) hot water to ice. I know they’re right. They’ve studied it a lot more than I have. I’m totally confused on the medical side.

Allow me to help, Jim.

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