Ex-Marlins manager Jim Leyland isn't getting nostalgic about returning to South Florida for a regular season-ending series next week. Leyland guided the Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship but he made his feelings clear about his playoff-bound Tigers concluding with an interleague road series.

It's ridiculous.

"You risk a pitcher getting hit by a pitch pulling a muscle in batting practice or running the bases" Leyland told the Detroit News "It's silly point blank silly."

Leyland was especially annoyed at the prospect of limited at-bats for Victor Martinez the club's primary designated hitter. He didn't rule out starting him behind the plate.

"If ... Victor doesn't play in Miami with four days after that before the playoffs start that's like what we've gone through a couple of times here before the World Series" said Leyland referring to excess days off. "That's seven days potentially during which Victor might get only one or two days of pinch-hitting. That does not make sense to me.