"I thought the umps did a very commendable job," Leyland said Wednesday. "They gave both teams their shot. [The A's] took advantage of theirs, and we weren't able to. I thought they did a great job.
"Those are no-win situations, because that's one of those things where everybody else has got all the answers. People who are dealing with that have got the pressure of their decisions. You have to understand, too, with stuff like that, MLB is involved. It's not just an umpire saying, 'That's it.' It doesn't work that way."
Major League Baseball plays a role in weather-related decisions when a team is in town for the final time in a season. In Oakland's case, this week is the only time the A's are in Detroit this regular season. The game began on time under dry conditions, but a 45-minute opening inning gave plenty of time for a storm system to come in.
Had the game been called soon after the rain started, it would've had to be replayed in its entirety, likely Wednesday or Thursday. It didn't become an official game until the end of the fifth inning.
From there, the decision hinged on how long the conditions remained playable. Given the Tigers' injury situation, it was a concern for Leyland as well. He had a scare in the sixth when Bruce Rondon slipped on a slick mound, but it turned out not to be a serious injury.
He lost a game, but he didn't lose a player. Leyland described it as a Catch-22.
"It might have been a blessing in some ways that the game was called," Leyland said Tuesday night. "You've got Miguel Cabrera hurting. You're going to be on a slippery field. You've got guys that are playing all the time sitting up here and waiting a while in conditions that were really bad.
"It could've turned out to be a nightmare. However, in saying that, you always want to play the game, so I don't want to come off like I'm glad they called the game, because I'm not. But I understand it, and in the long run, it might have been a blessing that they called it."