Leyland says Bonds not so tough


Jim Leyland admits was “in a total fog” immediately after the Pirates’ stunning loss to the Braves in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS. Leyland discussed his time as the Pirates’ manager with Bob Costas in an interview that will air at 2 p.m. Saturday on MLB Network. “The ’92 loss was probably the toughest I’ve ever suffered and it was a very interesting scenario,” Leyland said. “I said it at the time, and I still think about it today, this whole picture flashed in my mind (of) a Little League World Series. It was almost reduced to that, like a Little League game, where one side’s jumping up and down and one side’s crying. It was unbelievable.”

Leyland also had this to say about Barry Bonds: “I saw a lot of good things in Barry. … He’s not as tough as he lets on. I think he’s one of those guys that it was a motivational tool for him to upset people, to make them mad at him. He was coachable and he was manageable. A lot of people didn’t think so, but it depended on how you coached him. Barry was one of those guys where he was very coachable, but you had to let him think it was his idea.”

»»» A group of 83 veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project and their families will be guests of the Pirates at tonight’s game against the Royals. Most of the vets are Marines from K Company, 3rd Battalion, who trained Iraqi security forces and battled insurgents in the Al Anbar Province. Tonight will be the first time many of the Marines have seen each other since returning from their tours of duty in Iraq.