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Jim Leyland wants to return in 2013, likely will

Oct 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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Jim Leyland is in the final year of his contract, and as the Tigers struggled through much of the season, there was speculation that he may not be back in the dugout next year.  Danny Knobler from CBS Sports.com reports, however, that the seemingly ALCS-bound Tigers are likely to have Leyland back in 2013:

Jim Leyland’s future has been enough of a question that even some in the Tigers’ clubhouse have conflicting views on whether he’ll return in 2013. But it appears at least one option can be ruled out, as Leyland has been telling people in recent days that he does not plan to retire at the end of this postseason.

Some in baseball, and even some in the Tigers’ organization, had been speculating that he might, especially if the Tigers go to the World Series. Just last week, Leyland began one answer about next year by saying, “If I manage … “

Can’t see why the Tigers would want anyone else.

  1. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Jimmy “Smokes”!!

  2. nygiantstones - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Little know fact, Jim Leyland is actually 49, he just looks that old because of the smoking habit.

    • ezthinking - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Or he’s 67.

    • tigersprincess - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Im not sure where u get your facts from…but jim leyland was born december 15th 1944!!! Which means he’s nearly 70 years old! Do the math, or google it if you don’t believe me!!!

  3. albertmn - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    As to why they would want someone other than Leyland, you know you will need someone else sooner or later. If there is someone out there that you have your eye on, and he becomes available this offseason, they may want to sign him up (in some capacity, at least) to get him in the fold, rather than let him get away to some other team.

  4. lks311 - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Leyland should thank Terry Francona for signing early with the Tribe. Without a time tested option out there, Jimmy’s job appears to be safe.

    • catswithbats - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Knobler tweeted that Francona said he never would have taken the Tigers’ managerial position. I’m assuming out of loyalty to Leyland.

  5. dracko19 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Drombrowski, Leyland, and Illitch have a 3-way love fest with each other that no fan shall break. Leyland can manage the Tigers as long as he wants. Period.

  6. damusfucious - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    draco

    If the Tigers lose the next three at Oakland, Leyland WILL NOT manage the Tigers as long as he wants. He will be gone.

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