ORLANDO, Fla. -- Upon retirement, did venerable former manager Jim Leyland ride off into the proverbial sunset only to go fishing, golfing and the like?
In fact, Leyland has been pretty hands-on in helping first-time manager Brad Ausmus transition into his new job with the Tigers.
"Jim has been fantastic with me, starting with the organizational meetings we had the day after I was announced as manager," Ausmus said. "I've talked to Jim a number of times, including in the last 48 to 72 hours."
Yes, Leyland is sitting in on meetings with Ausmus. And it wasn't just that one.
"Every time I have a meeting, Jim is basically sitting next to me or two seats over," Ausmus noted.
So is Leyland overstepping his bounds and possibly being a bit overbearing? I mean, he is the former manager after all.
No, he's not. Not according to Ausmus.
"He's been great in two ways; one, he'll give me any information I ask for or any information he thinks I might need. He also makes it clear, 'I'm not the manager, you are. You need to do this. Just because I'm telling you I did it this way or I like this doesn't mean you have to say that.' He's been fantastic."
What this says to me is the Tigers organization means a great deal to Leyland and he'll continue to follow along with their success, even if he's not in the dugout collecting a paycheck.