Former MLB manager Jim Leyland appreciates the Cleveland Indians’ winning streak, saying that it’s good for the sport of baseball, according to ESPN.com.
“Not at the Tigers’ expense, obviously, but I’m enjoying that Cleveland run,” said Leyland.
Leyland, who managed the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997, managed the Detroit Tigers, who play in the American League Central Division along with the Indians, from 2006 through 2013. He is now a special assistant to the general manager of the Tigers.
“I think it’s exciting. It’s great for the city of Cleveland. It’s great for baseball. I wish it was the Tigers and not the Indians, but hey, it’s great what’s going on,” he said.
Cleveland had won an American League record 22 games in a row before finally falling to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 4-3 on Friday night.
“It’s remarkable, but it shows you what a fickle game it is,” Leyland said. “Three weeks ago, everybody was saying that the Los Angeles Dodgers had the greatest team in the history of baseball. They lost 15 out of 16. They can’t even get on the front page anymore. Cleveland’s taken over all of the sudden.”
Still, as much as he admires what the Indians are doing, he is rooting for his former players in the playoffs.
“I’m certainly pulling for Verlander,” Leyland said. “I’m pulling for Max Scherzer, I’m pulling for Rick Porcello. I could go anywhere and be pulling for somebody — J.D. Martinez. I want to see all those guys do well, but there’s only going to be one winner.”