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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has come under a bit of fire lately, mostly for his late game bullpen management, or mismanagement if you (like Miguel Cabrera) prefer.

However, as it is with any manager,¬†Leyland has both good and bad characteristics. The marginal difference he makes relative to other managers is very difficult (or virtually impossible, depending on how one parses the situation) to measure. One thing beyond how he has chosen to use his relievers that has stood out to me is how he’s kept his two catchers – Alex Avila and Gerald Laird – in a platoon through the postseason.

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Gerald Laird hit a triple last night. I know, at first I didn’t believe it either. Upon further review, the portly Tigers catcher owes a great deal of thanks to Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni for raising his triples per season average to 0.9.

Gerald Laird’s baserunning prowess, never forget.