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Jim Leyland to Retire and Afternoon Links

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Ned Yost is one of the most tenured managers in the league. I'm not sure I want to live in such a world.

Leon Halip

Jim Leyland dropped a bombshell today by announcing his retirement as manager of the Detroit Tigers. This means Ned Yost, hired in 2010, is the second most senior manager in the division. The Royals have become a pillar of stability. Here are the American League managers with more tenure than Ned Yost - Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Ron Gardenhire, Mike Scioscia, and Ron Washington. Which of these things is not like the other?

Other Monday morning news:

Some stranger named Matt Klaassen takes a look at the trade value of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who is suddenly available for trade.

Royals-Twins was one of the worst division rivalries of 2013.

Is Cardinals-Red Sox a battle of 21st Century supremacy?

Joe Carter nearly signed with the Royals which would have made him miss becoming a World Series hero.

Baseball America names Yordano Ventura the tenth best prospect in the Pacific Coast League, and the third best prospect in the Texas League.

In case you haven't noticed, the team across the parking lot is the last undefeated team in the National Football League. Why that's not a good thing.

Kansas Citians are setting all sorts of Guinness World Records. A runner in the KC Marathon last weekend set the record for "longest scarf knitted while running a marathon", the most important record broken since Billy Butler's "most consecutive series with a base hit."

Bill Watterson, the creator of "Calvin and Hobbes" does a rare interview.

This disgusting parasite museum is a popular date idea for Japanese couples.

The WikiLeaks film was a huge bomb at the box office. Probably because of the vast government conspiracy against it.

"Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend" is pretty sad. But it still beats dating this guy.