Jim Leyland announced that he is stepping down from his managerial position with the Detroit Tigers in a press conference today. It’s not a full-on retirement – he and Dave Dombrowski said he’ll stay in the organization in some capacity – but he’s not going to be in the dugout or filling out the lineup card any longer.
Whether you still loved him or hated him at the end, you can’t really argue with the results his team got on the field. The World Series ring eluded the team, that’s disappointing, but Leylands eight years – two World Series appearances and two more LCS appearances – mark eight of the more successful years in franchise history.
After the announcement, several players and members of the organization Tweeted out their support, respect, and admiration for the retiring skipper.
It’s been a pleasure getting to play for Skip. Thanks for giving me a chance, I’ll never forget my first manager! #tigers
— Drew Smyly (@SmylyD) October 21, 2013
What an honor playing my first 8 years with Jim Leyland. A great manager and an even better person. Thanks for believing in me. #HOF
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 21, 2013
— Darin Downs (@DDowns99) October 21, 2013
Skip it was an honor to play for you!
— Matt Tuiasosopo (@MPTuiasosopo) October 21, 2013
A Great MANAGER but a better MAN ,said Good Bye to the dugouts today. words can’t describe how much you meant to me THANK U JL !!! God Bless
— Brayan Pena (@cuban2727) October 21, 2013
— PAWS (@PAWSDetroit) October 21, 2013