Jim Leyland, newly named Team USA World Baseball Classic manager, faces difficult task

Jim Leyland has quite an accomplished resume. But now, he will try to do something three other quite accomplished men have failed to do — lead the U.S. to a World Baseball Classic title. The 71-year-old will manage Team USA in the 2017 WBC, as first reported by Jon Morosi.BREAKING: Jim Leyland will manage @USABaseball in 2017 @WBCBaseball tournament. Tune into @Network now for coverage. @tigers @M

LB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 15, 2016MORE: 42 classic Jackie Robinson photos | Robinson: Beyond breaking barriers Leyland, the 15th-winningest manager in history, won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997 and two pennants with the Tigers over 22 seasons. While he said he has no plans to return to the dugout full-time, Leyland says he looks forward to the challenge of managing one more time."I'll definitely be ready," Leyland told .com. "I'm never going to manage again after this. I didn't think I'd manage this, either. But when I was asked, I could not turn this down. Not from an ego standpoint, but it's the honor of being asked to manage for your country." While the tournament won't happen until next March, Leyland said he is already planning."I've written down a team with every player possible at a particular position, but I have to learn the process," he said. "I went through all the outfielders who are eligible to play for the U.S. -- all the catchers, all the second basemen, all the first basemen ... I'm in the process of trying to put them in some kind of order."Leyland has already named his coaching staff, and it includes several well-known former Tigers players.Jim Leyland names Jeff Jones, Marcel Lachemann, Lloyd McClendon, Willie Randolph, and Alan Trammell to @USABaseball 2017 coaching staff.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 15, 2016But even with a talented coaching staff and an All-Star caliber lineup, competing against the world's best has been no easy task for Team USA. Leyland can just as Joe Torre, or Davey Johnson, or Buck Martinez, the three men who have managed the team before him. The team is just 10-10 all-time.The 2013 team featured pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, R.A. Dickey and Craig Kimbrel, as well as position players Eric Hosmer, David Wright and Giancarlo Stanton. Yet the team was eliminated in the second round, finishing 3-3.So, Leyland might be well-advised to begin planning early. But he already knows what he'll do if Venezuela-born Miguel Cabrera — the anchor of his lineup for so many years — comes up in a crucial spot."I already told Miggy I'm going to walk him," Leyland said. "I've been kidding with him. In that situation, I'm putting up four fingers."