Tigers manager Jim Leyland was emotional in his postgame comments to FS Detroit following the Tigers 7-4 loss Monday afternoon.
Leyland was asked about a bad call by first-base umpire Bill Welke and in his best effort to avoid getting fined for criticizing the umpire, pleaded with the media in the following manner:
"Well there shouldn't have been a second inning rally. There should not have been a second inning rally. There was three outs. I've been in the game a long time and when the catcher catches the ball and it's strike three you call the guy out, it's that simple isn't it?
"You guys that need to write something and hold people accountable... you know what, we're all accountable in this business. All of us are accountable. And when I say all of us, I mean everybody that's involved in the game needs to be held accountable - ok?
"That's exactly what needs to be done. There should not have been a rally in that inning.
"Now anybody that saw that - have the nerve to write what you saw and say it - because I'm not going to sit here and rip umpires.
"But you saw what you saw - clearly saw what you saw. I just saw it for the tenth time - clearly saw what you saw.
"Write it and say something once in awhile. Have the nerve to say something.
"Now, next question."
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