After spending eight seasons with the Tigers, Manager Jim Leyland has stepped down as manager of the club. Leyland revitalized baseball in Detroit by becoming the first manager in MLB history to reach the World Series in his first year with a team, a feat he accomplished in 2006 when the Tigers eventually lost to the Cardinals. On the heels of an impressive season last year that was highlighted by Miguel Cabrera’s triple-crown, the Tigers were swept by the Giants in the World Series. After suffering a heart-wrenching series defeat to the Red Sox in game six of this year’s American League Championship Series, Leyland has decided to move on.
Leyland and the Tigers will make this news official today during an 11:30 a.m. press conference. At sixty-eight years old, it is unknown whether Leyland will pursue other managerial positions in MLB, or call it a career.