Tigers manager Jim Leyland one win from 1,500 for his career

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Jim Leyland will be going for the 1,500th win of his managerial career tonight when his Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland.

He’ll be the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,500 victories, joining Tony La Russa of the Cardinals as the only active managers in the club.

Leyland has 851 wins with the Pirates, 430 with the Tigers, 146 with the Marlins, and 72 with the Rockies.

His overall record is 1,499-1525, which works out to a .496 winning percentage that would make him just the fourth manager with 1,500 wins and a losing record alongside Connie Mack, Bucky Harris, and Gene Mauch.

Of course, the Tigers are good enough to bring his career mark above .500 by the end of the season. And if they do get a victory in Oakland tonight I hope someone buys him a whole carton of smokes to celebrate.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.