Originally Posted by clarinetplayer
I doubt that Leyland had any direct contact with a guy like Boras. That would not fit Jim's "old school" deportment and sense of professional conduct. If there was any communication between Leyland and Boras it was through Dombrowski. And, only with Dombrowski's permission.
I guess we better enjoy Scherzer while we have him.
"So one day he picks up the phone and hears that raspy voice, the one that back in 1976 said, "You're not that good, Boras." The voice is older now, there's even more gravel in it, enough to drive a tractor over. It's the voice that has commanded top-notch clubs in Pittsburgh and Florida and now Detroit. Jim Leyland took care of Boras' kids in Miami, in 1997, and Team Boras helped deliver a ring. He hears Leyland on the line and remembers Kevin Brown, Alex Fernandez, Charles Johnson and Robb Nen. Leyland called just before taking the Tigers job in October 2005. "I need an arm. Who fits?" he asked. "Kenny Rogers," Boras told him. Shortly after Leyland was hired, Rogers was signed. From 119 losses to the World Series they went, with three Boras players (Rogers, Pudge and Ordóñez) doing the heavy lifting.Now Leyland needs help again, and that¹s why he's calling. "My pitching stinks," he says. "We need more arms." Boras doesn't reply right away. He has learned how to listen and, if asked, to parcel out information. Eventually he reminds Leyland that the Tigers have a couple of flamethrowers smoldering in their farm system. The kids aren't on Team Boras, but they're out there. Boras can call up their scouting reports anytime he wants. He's got the information. And information is power.Leyland refuses to talk about Boras; through a Tigers PR rep, he denies having any relationship with him. In the quiet of the clubhouse, though, Leyland's players will tell you he does. "They talk all the time," Pudge says. And why not? What team has the most talent, and what team has the most information?"
I remember reading another article about how Leyland and Boras basically built the 2007 Marlins together too, but I can't seem to find it. It seems like they have a weird backchannel friends relationship (kind of like spies working for different superpowers).