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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Jim Leyland helped rebuild the Pirates


Jim Leyland was brought in by the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and rebuilt them into a powerhouse by the early 90s. The Pirates took a chance on Leyland, who was the third-base coach with the Chicago White Sox with no major-league managerial experience. However, he had been a very successful minor league manager. Pittsburgh's gamble paid off as Leyland was able to turn the Pirates around. Behind the Leyland's leadership and the bats of Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds, the Pirates won three consecutive NL East titles from 1990 to 1992. In the process, Leyland won NL Manager of the Year honors twice during his eleven years with the club. However, Leyland never won a playoff series with the Pirates. He saw that dream fulfilled when he led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997.





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