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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- He turned around the Detroit Tigers as a manager, and now Jim Leyland is getting comfortable in his new role as a special assistant for the franchise.

After retiring last fall, Leyland will made his first trip of the season to Fifth Third Ballpark to watch the West Michigan Whitecaps Friday night as they took on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Leyland's new gig requires him to travel to games that Detroit's farm teams play in, to see how the players stack up.

As an added bonus, Leyland saw see his son, 22-year-old Pat Leyland, play for the Whitecaps. The younger Leyland is a catcher for West Michigan. He was drafted in 2010 and has played for a number of clubs. This is his second stint with the Whitecaps after playing 68 games in 2012.

Jim Leyland managed the Tigers from 2005-2013, leading the team to two American League pennants.

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