Oct 27, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) watches from the dugout during game three of the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Leyland To Return To Detroit Tigers in 2013?


Now that the World Series is over we turn our attention to Jim Leyland watch 2012. Much ado was made this season about his one-year contract and his lack of in-season extension, but Dave Dombrowski announced to the world that Leyland was welcome back if he wished to return after the Tigers swept the New York Yankees in the ALCS last week.

Following the Game Four loss to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Drew Sharp posted a Tweet about Leyland’s expected return to the team:

So it sounds like we’ll be hearing the details of an extension — probably another one-year gig — very shortly.

For all of the questions and second guesses about his lineups, which he usually deserves, Leyland seems to be well respected by his peers and folks around baseball. He’s not an ideal tactical manager, that’s for sure, but he handles his players well and they seem to enjoy playing for him.

Until I see a majority of managers fill out sensible lineups and make wise bullpen decisions, I’ll be content with the guy that makes the same mistakes as everyone else while keeping his clubhouse happy and under control.

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  • Robert Bayer

    Jim Leyland is a classy manager who is very loyal to his players and they love him for this. BUT, we need a manager now who is willing to kick some rears and show some tough fighting spirit for once. The Tigers were never fired up as a team (look at how the Giants played) and a team loaded with talent didn’t even win 90 games. Any other division, we do not make the play-offs. The A’s almost took 3 straight from us, and that was almost despite the very dumb moves Leyland made. The Yankees fell apart for us, although once again Leyland made dumb moves like letting Valverde pitch until the Yanks came back from 4 runs down and none on. The close games we did have with the Giants are just one sign that our Leyland as manager does not have what it takes to lead the Tigers to a World Series Championship. This team has had plenty of talent since he got here and after 7 years, it is high time for someone else to get a shot: Tom Brookens or Kirk Gibson … anyone with more fight in him than Jim Leyland. Jim Leyland has had his chance.. Time to move on with a new day of a new manager with a lot more fight and game situation smarts in him.

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