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Former Pirates Manager Jim Leyland Elected to Hall of Fame

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Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland is headed to Cooperstown.

Leyland was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Contemporary Era Committee, which is composed of seven Hall of Fame members, six long-time baseball executives and three media members/historians.

Leyland managed the Pirates for 11 years out of his 22 total seasons as a big league manager.  Leyland, who turns 79 later this month, becomes the 44th former player, manager or executive in the Hall of Fame who spent some of their professional careers with the Pirates.

Leyland managed the Pirates from 1986-96 and led the team to three straight appearances in the National League Championship Series from 1990-92. During his 11 years as manager of the Pirates, Leyland compiled a record of 851-863 while being named the BBWAA Manager-of-the-Year in both 1990 and 1992.

His 851 wins as manager of the Pirates rank third all-time in team history, trailing only Fred Clarke (1422) and Danny Murtaugh (1115). Additionally, Leyland’s 1,769 wins as a manager between the Pirates, Rockies, Marlins and Tigers ranks 18th all-time.

While serving as manager of the Marlins, Leyland led Florida to the 1997 World Series championship. He also served as manager of Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic when the United States won the championship. Leyland remains the only manager to win both titles.

The official induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21, 2024, in Cooperstown, NY.

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