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Jim Leyland has put off contract talks with Tigers, but GM says “we want him back”

Oct 19, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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Jim Leyland’s contract is up after the season and not so long ago there was speculation that Detroit may look to replace him, but obviously reaching the World Series has wiped away any chance of the Tigers wanting to get rid of the 67-year-old manager.

General manager Dave Dombrowski made it clear yesterday that he wants Leyland back, telling Jason Beck of

Jim Leyland is welcome back here. He knows that. He’s in a situation where we want him back, and I’m sure that he wants to come back. I would think that would be the way. But there’s a time and a place for that. It’s not right now.

Dombrowski added that waiting to negotiate a new deal “was really [Leyland’s] preference” and “we’ve known each other so long, we’ll get to this when we need to.”

There’s seemingly little chance of Leyland managing elsewhere next season, but Beck wonders if he might decide to retire if the Tigers win the World Series, like Tony La Russa did last year.

  1. Detroit Michael - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    If the Tigers win the World Series, Jim Leyland may have a Hall of Fame managerial resume built. He would have two World Series titles (with different teams, different personnel) and third pennant, and four other consecutive division titles (we’re now up to three different teams, differest sets of personnel). His career totals and career winning percentage are light for a Hall of Fame case, but I think he’ll sneak across the dividing line. His year with the Rockies is the only black mark on his managerial record. Again, that’s if the Tigers can win it all this year.

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