Leland's PLAYERS won the 1997 World Series by the skin of their teeth in extra innings of game 7 with help from a key error by Tony Fernandez.
Dusty Baker's players had a 5-0 lead in the 7th inning game 6 of the 2002 World series before his pen blew it in very similar fashion to how the Tigers' pen blew game 2 of this year's ALCS.
Neither of these guys are my favorite, but they both have proven track records of fostering a winning culture. To say Leyland is better because he one "ring' more than Baker is nonsense.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008
I think Charlie Manuel would be a very good fit for Detroit.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Reds Fan Since 1971