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James Richard Leyland was born on the 15th December 1944, in Perrysburg, Ohio USA, and is a former professional Major League Baseball (MLB) coach and manager, who is most famous for managing the Florida Marlins with which he won 1997 World Series championship. He is also widely recognized as the current manager of Team USA, which he led to winning the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this baseball veteran has accumulated so far? How rich Jim Leyland is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Jim Leyland’s net worth, as of mid-2017, revolves around the sum of $15 million, primarily acquired through his professional MLB career which was active between 1982 and 2013.
Jim Leyland Net Worth $15 million
Jim dived into the world of baseball as a player – in 1963 he joined the Detroit Tigers as a catcher, and spent the following seven seasons playing in Minor League Baseball (MiLB), until in 1970, he began serving as the Montgomery Rebels’ coach before becoming the Tigers’ minor league manager in 1972. Between 1979 and 1981, Leyland served as the manager of the American Association’s Evansville Triplets with which he won two division titles, in 1979 and 1981. All these engagements provided the basis for Jim Leyland’s, nowadays rather impressive net worth.
Jim’s professional MLB coaching career officially began in 1982, when he joined the Chicago White Sox, and where he stayed for the next three seasons. However, in 1986 he became the manager of the MLB team the Pittsburgh Pirate,s and led the team to competing in the National League Championship series three years in a row, between 1990 and 1992, during which period Jim also won two Manager of the Year titles in 1990 and 1992. It is certain that all these accomplishments helped Jim Leyland to add a significant sum to his net worth.
After 10 years in Pittsburgh, Jim transferred to the Florida Marlins in 1997, and in his only season with the team, managed to win 1997 World Series Championship. The season of 1999 Jim spent managing the Colorado Rockies, then between 2000 and 2006, Leyland served as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals for the Pittsburgh area. Doubtlessly, all these engagements made a positive impact on the total of Jim Leyland’s net worth.
In 2006, Jim returned to his first team – the Detroit Tigers, but this time as the manager and led them to the franchise’s best season record since 1987, ending as runner-ups in the 2006 World Series Championship. For his endeavors, Jim was honored with The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award. In 2013 Jim and Tigers won the American League Central Division Title after which he retired from his managerial career, after spending eight years with the franchise. However, he stayed with the organization, serving as their special assistant since then. All these accomplishments have helped Jim Leyland to dramatically increase the size of his wealth.
In 2016, Leyland was appointed as United States national baseball team coach, which he led to winning the 2017 World Baseball Classic tournament.
When it comes to his personal life, Jim Leyland has married twice – between 1976 and 1977 he was married to Joanna Grow, while since 1987 he has been married to Katie O’Connor with whom he has welcomed two children. His son Pat Leyland followed his father’s footsteps, and in the 2010 MLB draft was picked by the Detroit Tigers. In September 2017, Jim Leyland will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.