PHOENIX, AZ - In case you haven’t heard, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland resigned, just days after this Tigers lost to the Red Sox. So after eight years, Leyland is out in Detroit!
But why does that matter to you and me? Because D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson is one of the leading candidates to take over in Detroit.
Gibson played 12 seasons with the Tigers and helped lead the 1984 team to a World Series championship. He also coached with the Tigers for three seasons while Alan Trammell was the manager there. He also played at Michigan State and lives in Michigan in the off season.
Early word was that Gibson was at the top of the Tigers short list to replace Leyland!
Here’s the catch; Gibson has one year left on his contract with the Diamondbacks and the D-backs hold a club option for two additional seasons.
But D-backs President Derrick Hall was quoted as saying, “if Gibson wants to go interview with the Tigers, I’d probably let him.”
But today, I’m here to tell you that Gibby isn’t going anywhere. Even though the Tigers roster is loaded and they’re expected to be even better next year, I don’t think Kirk Gibson believes that he’s accomplished anything of merit here yet.
And because he’s such a competitor, he just flat out won’t leave quite yet. He doesn’t like to lose and he doesn’t like to finish a season 81-81. So at this point, Gibby’s coming back ... and you can take that to the bank!
That’s Fouhy on Sports!
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