Leyland compliments Peralta as 'an old shoe'

Leyland compliments Peralta as 'an old shoe'

DETROIT -- The best description of Placido Polanco's Tigers tenure came from his manager, Jim Leyland, who compared him to an old shoe. He has used the phrase sparingly for players since, but he pulled it out for his shortstop.

"This guy's like an old shoe," Leyland said of Jhonny Peralta on Monday morning.

Considering Peralta has been a Tiger since the summer of 2010, it's an odd time for it. But his everyday production so far this year, and his recent consistency, have fit the description Leyland is trying to get.

So, too, is his preparation.

"Jhonny Peralta is one of the most regimented players I've ever seen," Leyland said. "He prepares as well as any player I've ever had."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.