Jim Leyland has been manager of the Detroit Tigers since 2006. He won’t return next year.
Jim Leyland won’t return as manager of the Detroit Tigers next season, a decision the team will announce in a Monday morning news conference, according to multiple reports.
Leyland, 68, told the team he was stepping down after the Tigers’ Game 6 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Championship Series, Fox Sports reported.
Leyland was managing the Tigers under a one-year contract extension he signed a year ago, after Detroit was swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
Leyland managed 2012 on a one-year deal as well.
The omission of the word “retirement” from the 68-year-old’s mouth is a bit surprising, but this news is in its early stages. This could have been a Leyland-only decision as the report suggests, or there could have been some pressure from above. Who knows?
Regardless, we’ll keep you posted.