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08:07 AM ET 08.16 | Perhaps Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila and Gerald Laird fighting on their own bench helped the Tigers. With their second-inning dugout spat -- ignited by an argument between Galarraga and Avila -- perhaps providing a spark, they blew a lead, only to charge back and wallop the White Sox, 13-8, for their first series victory since early July. "I kind of liked it," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who, in step with his players, was surprisingly casual -- and almost amused -- by the spat.

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August 16, 2010  09:28 AM ET

So fighting in the dugout is a good thing now?? If that was the case Reggis Jackson and Billy Martin were trend setters!

August 16, 2010  10:39 AM ET

The Tigers are done

August 16, 2010  10:41 AM ET

Jim Leyland has been "suprisingly casual" about most everything since the All-Star break. He loved the spat because he hasn't been able to motivate the bat boy for the past couple of years. If a team can't hit a 3 run homer, Leyland can't get it done. Manufacture a run now and then? Please.

August 16, 2010  11:46 AM ET

I am surprised that Leyland is not resting both catchers for the series with the Yankees. They must be exhausted after exerting all of that energy in the dugout. Jim Leyland is the single most over rated manager in baseball. Resting players. Mis-using the bullpen like he did in Boston. Jimmy take the potato salad out of your mouth, put down the smokes and step down before you lose Cabrera too. Your time is over.

August 16, 2010  11:58 AM ET
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I am surprised that Leyland is not resting both catchers for the series with the Yankees. They must be exhausted after exerting all of that energy in the dugout. Jim Leyland is the single most over rated manager in baseball. Resting players. Mis-using the bullpen like he did in Boston. Jimmy take the potato salad out of your mouth, put down the smokes and step down before you lose Cabrera too. Your time is over.

Leyland pee'd in you wheaties again this morning didnt he?

August 16, 2010  12:06 PM ET
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Leyland pee'd in you wheaties again this morning didnt he?

Wow that is the best you got. Sad. Very sad.
Some people just should not be allowed to use a computer and you know who you are.
Make a valid point or go back to your gay **** sites. Thanks in advance.

August 16, 2010  12:49 PM ET
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Your time is over.

how is the guy overrated? he's taken 3 different teams deep into playoffs(2 to WS).

the problem with detroit has been what a lot of teams lack.....pitching. outside of Verlander who can they depend on?

August 16, 2010  12:59 PM ET
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Resting players. Mis-using the bullpen like he did in Boston. Jimmy take the potato salad out of your mouth, put down the smokes and step down before you lose Cabrera too. Your time is over.

OK, I'll make a valid point: people seem to forget that just five years ago, the Tigers were absolutely irrelevant, fast on their way to becoming the Royals north. Leyland's arrival coincided with them becoming a more or less perennial contender in the central, and sometimes for the pennant. they've got a different aura about them now, an aura they have not had under any manager since sparky. so there's that.

against that, i DO find it curious that the tigers have been prone to these collapses under leyland. i'll go to my grave believing they should have easily won the series in 06. last fall, i KNEW they were gonna fall apart down the stretch as the twins gained ground. this year... despite the injuries, a 7-24 stretch out of the all star break is inexcusable. it MIGHT be true that leyland's losing them and a change is in order, but looking around the majors, who's better? torre? francona? manuel (charlie, not jerry)? frankly i see no one i'd rather have.

August 16, 2010  01:16 PM ET

Mike Illitch has already said publicly that Leyland (and Dombrowski) will be back next year, so Jim isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Keep your eye on Tom Brookens. He did well at every level that he has managed at so far, and is now coaching first base for the Tigers. I think that he's being groomed as Leyland's replacement when the day comes.

August 16, 2010  09:11 PM ET
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Jim Leyland is the single most over rated manager in baseball. Resting players. Mis-using the bullpen like he did in Boston. Jimmy

Are you sure you're not mixing up your Jimmys? The Red Sox tried to sign Leyland around the time John Henry bought the team...or just before when Duquette was GM, but he's never worn a Red Sox uniform. Maybe you're thinking about the dearly departed Jimy (he who let Pedro pitch too long).

August 16, 2010  10:26 PM ET
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Are you sure you're not mixing up your Jimmys? The Red Sox tried to sign Leyland around the time John Henry bought the team...or just before when Duquette was GM, but he's never worn a Red Sox uniform. Maybe you're thinking about the dearly departed Jimy (he who let Pedro pitch too long).

I think it's you mixing up your managers. Jimy didn't leave Pedro in too long, Grady ****ing Little made that bonehead move.

 
August 17, 2010  03:04 AM ET

Arguing and an occassional "spat" between teamates is only part of the competative nature of playing the game Sort of builds team charater during the baseball season, I heard stories of the same arguing going on with the A's when they had a short dynasty going on in the 1970's,

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