Jim Leyland recalls the time he gave a very slow player the steal sign ... accidentally
Tom Prince had a pretty decent MLB career, spent mostly as a backup catcher for the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Royals from 1987-2003. But in 1,357 plate appearances spread over 519 games, Price stole just nine bases in 17 attempts.
So it probably surprised the backstop when Pittsburgh skipper Jim Leyland gave him the swipe sign during the ninth inning of a game against the Padres on May 17, 1992.
Leyland recently explained that particular incident to MLive.com as only Jim Leyland can:
The former Tigers manager brought the story up after the new Tigers manager, Brad Ausmus, made a similar mistake during Friday's Spring Training game against the Yankees.
At the very least, both men were quick to acknowledge who was really at fault: