Oct 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) addresses the media prior to game three of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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.