DETROIT — When the Detroit Tigers hired Jim Leyland as their manager in the fall of 2005, it was widely accepted throughout baseball that they had lured one of the sport’s best minds back from retirement. When the Tigers reached the 2006 World Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals, vats of ink were spilled on the two managers, Leyland and Tony La Russa, tomes written about their attributes, their accomplishments, their acumen.
In the dugout across from Leyland on Saturday night at Comerica Park, managing his team in Game 3 of the World Series, will be someone whose name rarely comes up in such discussions. Bruce Bochy has been a major league manager for 18 consecutive years, the longest current streak in baseball. He has won six division titles, including four of the five in San Diego Padres’ history. He has won three National League pennants, and if the San Francisco Giants — who lead Detroit two games to none — close out the Tigers, he will join Terry Francona, newly hired with Cleveland, as the only active managers with two World Series titles.