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Tigers give extensions to manager Jim Leyland and general manager Dave Dombrowski

Aug 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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So much for Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski potentially being on the hot seat in Detroit.

With the Tigers four games up in the AL Central race in search of their first division title since 1987 the team just announced contract extensions for the manager and general manager, with Leyland’s deal now going through next season and Dombrowski signed through 2015.

Both men were in the final year of their current deals and back in spring training it was a sore subject for Leyland, who made a point of not wanting to talk about his status and dropped a hint about Dombrowski’s responsibility if the Tigers had another disappointing season. That’s a moot point now, as the Tigers have emerged as the class of the admittedly extremely underwhelming AL Central with a 48-38 record since a sluggish April.

Leyland has a 485-440 (.524) record in six seasons as Detroit’s manager, with his lone playoff appearance coming in 2006 as the team advanced to the World Series. Dombrowski has been GM since 2002, rebuilding the roster from back-to-back 100-loss seasons to post winning records in five of the past six years.

  1. kopy - Aug 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Well, Jim and Dave can thank the Indians, White Sox, Twins, and Royals. Clearly they are being rewarded for having nice cushion in the AL Central and not for being 61-53.

  2. chetwynnr - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Apparently you don’t have to be all that smart to make millions selling pizzas. At 83 Mr. Illitch can’t wait around forever for Dombrowski and Leyland to earn their stripes. Good Luck Mr. I!

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I don’t understand the need to extent their contracts now frankly.

    I’m glad they will stay around, particularly Leyland. I’ll settle for competence compared to the long stream of post-Sparky managers that preceded Leyland.

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