Detroit (Free Press) -- Jim Leyland has decided to step down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.
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has been a huge honor to have been the Tigers manager for the past
eight seasons, so many wonderful days and nights at Comerica Park with
almost every seat filled. I can't thank you enough for your support,"
Leyland said in a released statement. "When I came here all I wanted was
a chance and you gave me that. I hope you do the same for your next
manager. My goal coming here was to turn talent into team, and with the
help of the entire organization, we did that. This is not a good bye,
it's a so long, as I will be accepting another position in the
organization yet to be determined. I hope you enjoyed me as much as I
Leyland is 700-597 in his eight years with the
Tigers, a .540 winning percentage. He has guided the team to the
American League Championship Series the last three seasons and the World
Series in 2012.
Overall, in 22 years as a major league manager,
he is 1,769-1,728, for a .506 winning percentage. He previously managed
the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies.
Leyland is 14th all-time in games managed with 3,499. He ranks third on the Tigers all-time games managed list with 1,297.
behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, we thank Jim for
everything he has done for this franchise over the past eight seasons,"
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in the statement. "Jim's
tenure will be looked back on as one of the great eras in Tigers
history; an era that included two World Series appearances, four ALCS
appearances in eight seasons, three division titles and two American
League pennants. It has truly been an honor to work with one of the
great managers in the history of the game."
"We want to thank Jim
for everything he has done over the past eight years to steer the ship,
and lead our ballclub to some exciting times in this town," added Tigers
owner Mike Ilitch in the statement. "Jim has been instrumental in the
franchise's most recent success on and off the field, and we are forever
grateful. We wish the best to Jim and his family in the future."