And now, according to multiple sources, Leyland will no longer be the manager of the Detroit Tigers. He allegedly informed the club after their ALCS loss to the Red Sox and the Tigers have scheduled a presser for 11:30 this morning to officially break the news. It is said that Leyland feels that someone younger should tackle the position. Rumors are sure to abound as to whether he was forced to step down or if it was truly voluntary. We’ll probably never know.
Leyland, 68, has a lifetime record of 1,769-1,728. In six of his eight seasons with the Tigers he posted a winning record with their 95-67 mark in 2011 representing their best regular season under his watch. His playoff record with the Tigers was 25-23.
His legacy will be etched out over the course of the next several weeks as fans and media alike take time to process what he meant to the franchise. He will long be remembered for his candor, love of cigarettes, passion for his players, and his professionalism.
Surely some fans will rejoice, those that have been calling for his head for years. Others will take this news hard as Leyland represented the Tigers in a classy way from day one. GM Dave Dombrowski is notorious for getting the players he wants virtually whenever he decides he wants them. His leadership has shaped the face of the Tigers’ roster. Perhaps his most important move will now be his next – replacing Leyland with someone who can help push the Tigers over the top.
It truly is a shame that Leyland couldn’t have ended his career with a ring full of diamonds outlining the Old English D.
I wonder what Kirk Gibson is up to these days…
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