This isn’t a huge surprise, but Jim Leyland wasn’t given a contract extension and in 2009, he’ll be managing in the last year of his current deal. It’s interesting how much a difference a season makes because it wasn’t that long ago that the Tigers were trying to lock up Jim Leyland long term. Now, he’ll basically be managing for his future job he seems up for the challenge. My opinion is that 2008 is his free pass for helping bring us 2006. Still, with the lineup he has, Leyland has to show some progress next year or we could be looking for a new skipper.
The playoffs are off and and the Phillies are the first team to come within a win of taking their series. It’s always interesting how quickly this first series moves with just the five games and we’ll probably see at least one or maybe two series sweeps.