DURHAM, N.C. (CBSMiami/AP) — USA Baseball announced on Friday that former Florida Marlins Manager Jim Leyland will lead the U.S. team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.READ MORE: There's No Business Like Shoe Business & The High End Sneaker Business Is Booming
The 71-year-old Leyland will be making make his international coaching debut in the fourth edition of the tournament. Leyland says he’s “honored” and flattered” by the opportunity.READ MORE: Wife Of Slain Cyclist Pushes For Safety Measures After 2 More Deaths On Rickenbacker Causeway
Leyland managed for 22 seasons in the majors and led the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series title. He stepped down as Detroit’s manager after the 2013 season and now works as special assistant to the Tigers.
At the World Baseball Classic, he’ll be joined by a coaching staff of Jeff Jones, Marcel Lachemann, Lloyd McClendon, Willie Randolph and Alan Trammell. USA Baseball will complete its coaching staff and roster over the next several months.MORE NEWS: Nationals Squeeze Past Marlins In 10 Innings, Win 5-4
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