Jimmy Smokes will make his retirement official in a 11:30 press conference. 8 years, 700 wins, 2 AL Pennants. For a team that had 119 losses 3 years before he was hired, that's pretty phenomenal work.
There's a contingent of Tigers fans who are celebrating today. They think he's too old school, they think he should have won multiple titles with the lineup he had. They think he mismanages the bullpen.
I think they're going to get a rude awakening when they find out that bats die under other managers, too.
This'll likely mark the end for the Perrysburg native. 22 years managing, 1769 wins, 3 pennants, and 1 World Series title with the Marlins (I know, right?). That's a Hall of Fame career if I've ever seen one.
Good on you, Skipper.