Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tigers manager Jim Leyland set to return in 2013

By Sean Gagnier

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is slated to return for his eighth season as manager of the Detroit Tigers, according to Tom Gage. The contract extension through 2013 announcement could be made as early as today.

It was no secret that both sides wanted to try this again. General Manager Dave Dombrowski repeatedly said that he would love to have Leyland back, if he wanted to come back. And Leyland continually said that he wanted to manage more, but wanted to see how things went.

Well, the love birds have finally gotten back together. No information regarding the length or value of Leyland's new contract have come out yet, but reports are that the two sides have a deal done.

While it may not always be easy to agree with the calls that Leyland has made this season, it is hard to argue with the results. Under his management, the Tigers have gone to three postseasons, won back-to-back AL Central titles and been to the World Series twice. The outcomes of those Fall Classic's was not what was hoped, but it is hard to complain about being one of the last two standing.

If Leyland can keep his team playing like they did in the American League Championship Series next season, then things will be great for Detroit. His coaches will come back with him. We see no reason why they shouldn't. Back-to-back AL Central titles and an AL Championship speak a bit to not breaking up the team.

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