The Committee for the Contemporary Baseball Era on Sunday announced that Jim Leyland, a longtime manager, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Leyland, a three-time Manager of the Year, was 78 years old when he helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series in 1997. He accumulated 1,769 victories as a manager during his tenure, which included stops with the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Jim Leyland was one of eight finalists that the committee was considering for managers, executives, and umpires for the Class of 2024. The exclusive group featured executives Bill White and Hank Peters, umpires Ed Montague and Joe West, and managers Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, and Lou Piniella.

Who is Jim Leyland?

James Richard “Jim” Leyland, an American, was born on December 15, 1944, and spent his professional baseball career as a player, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). 

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Notably, he led the Florida Marlins to their lone World Series championship in 1997 and the Pittsburgh Pirates to three consecutive National League East division titles from 1990 to 1992. Leyland further managed the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and the Detroit Tigers from 2006 to 2013, achieving success with two American League Central division titles in 2006 and 2011.

Leyland’s three Manager of the Year Awards (1990, 1992, 2006) and eleven All-Star Game selections as a manager are testaments to his skill as a manager. He has also been inducted into the Florida Marlins Hall of Fame for his services.

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Within the baseball community, Jim Leyland is highly respected for his outstanding leadership, skill at connecting with players, and deep knowledge of the game. One of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, Leyland’s legacy is typified by the way he continues to influence the game.