Dombrowski, Leyland a winning combo
September, 24, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
Diamond Images/Getty ImagesDave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland are looking for a second World Series championship together.
After leading the Atlanta Braves to 14 straight National League East Division titles, there is little debate that John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox formed one of the best, if not the best, general manager/manager teams in the last 30 years. The duo worked together from 1990 through 2007, and their 14 straight divisional titles is a feat that’s never been matched in any of the major sports. The pair also won four NL pennants and a World Series championship in 1995. Both are high-class, high-character individuals, and someday both will be enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
However, with both Schuerholz and Cox now enjoying retirement, the best active duo is found in the Motor City -- Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland. Dombrowski and Leyland have reputations as being straight-forward and honest, earning respect throughout baseball. Likewise, they respect each other and are able to express their thoughts to one another. The Dombrowski/Leyland team has worked so well because the two do not have any major philosophical differences. That doesn’t mean they agree on everything, but they also both recognize each other’s responsibilities and areas of influence -- lines over which neither has ever crossed.