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October 19, 2012
Back in the Fall Classic
Jim Leyland -- seen here at a Grapefruit League game in 2011 -- has shepherded his Tigers back to the World Series after sweeping, dare I say I crushing the Yankees four-straight. Now, his hard-hitting, tough-pitching squad gets almost a week off as they await the Cardinals-Giants NL winner.
You know Detroit's big name stars: Cabrera, Verlander and Fielder. But the man in the dugout -- or in Spring Training, just outside it -- deserves his due for pushing his club past the White Sox in the division, surviving a tough Division Series with Oakland before steamrolling the Boys from the Bronx.