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Leyland wouldn’t say last night if he’s coming back

Oct 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland sits in the dugout before the start of Game 4 of the MLB World Series baseball championship against the San Francisco Giants in Detroit

It wasn’t exactly the best time for a guy to make plans for the future, so it’s probably understandable that when asked last night, Jim Leyland wouldn’t say that he’d be back in Detroit in 2013:

“I don’t really know that,” Leyland said. “We’re going to talk about some things in a day or so and I’m sure they’ll have some type of an announcement. But tonight’s not the night for that.”

Leyland has said that he’s not going to manage another team and Dave Dombrowski said that if Leyland wants to come back next year, he’s more than welcome to do so.

Based on how my Tiger fan friends are feeling today, it’s not surprising that the last thing Leyland wants to think about is more Tiger baseball at this point.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    If Leyland is a free-agent, there would be some teams suddenly reconsidering their managers.

    I’m looking at you, Angels.

    • darthicarus - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I mean the fact that Leyland said he isn’t going to manage anywhere else must mean something else to you.

      • dondada10 - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Money talks.

  2. indaburg - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Sheesh, the poor man hasn’t had a chance to breathe. There’s plenty of time for those kind of decisions.

    I do hope he comes back. Baseball is better with him in it.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

      • temporarilyexiled - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Hey, I like Jim Leyland. Just couldn’t help responding to the play on the movie reference. Relax.

  3. missthemexpos - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Gotta love the way sportscasters ask about returning next year mere minutes after a heart breaking four game sweep in the finals. If sportswriters covered funerals I wonder if they would be asking the grieving spouse if they were planning on remarrying.

    • natslady - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Yeah, they did the same to Davey after Game 5. Well, time for the Hot Stove, it will be interesting to see the moves.

      • Old Gator - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        I suspect that when they make a candidate for a sportswriting job take a urine test, they’re really looking for an extra Y chromosome.

  4. fuddpucker - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Dude will be 68 in Dec, I kind of doubt he wants to continue to sit in the dugout and watch his team blow every single chance for a title. He won a WS in 1997 so he can walk away proud.

  5. nategearhart - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Why are other teams salivating for this guy? A ridiculously talented team won only 88 games in a crappy, crappy division. His teams underachieve.

    • stex52 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      They are ridiculously talented in a few positions and thin in most. Leyland’s cred goes back over a decade. He will get a job if he wants one.

    • detroitr1 - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      He might not be as tactically savvy as Bochy or La Russa, but find a quote from a former player who doesn’t respect the guy or an article about clubhouse controversy ( “chicken and beer”) while he managed. I’ll wait.

      • nategearhart - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        “The players underperformed, but they liked their manager! He’s the guy I want in MY dugout.”
        – No GM ever

  6. willclarkgameface - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I feel bad for this old bastard. His team throughout the 2012 162-game campaign probably gave him stress beyond comprehension and then he had to sit through the World Series and watch his group get severely dominated. That sucks.

    Let’s face it: this team was a turd for the majority of the season, spending all of 46 days in 1st place compared to 126 for the White Sox. The Sox lost the division, the Tigers didn’t win it.

    This sheds light on the absurdity of the over-populated postseason schedule, but Selig swears fans love it and that the regular season schedule – all 162 games of it – really isn’t enough of an indicator to let you know who should have been there at the end of the night.

    The 1969-1993 postseason system was best. I liked the post-season this year until the Championship Series. Then things got kinda boring. It’s all a moot point and we’re never going backwards so whatever.

    Congrats Giants and hopefully we’ll see you again Leyland.

    • cur68 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Rage on, brother.

      “…some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
      -Alfred Pennyworth

  7. jimisage - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Leyland has been a fantastic manager in Detroit, but twice now he has failed to get the team through the World Series. It’s hard to imagine the Tigers having gotten this far without him, but they need to bring someone else in now to win it all. Kirk Gibson needs to go back home. God bless Jim Leyland though… he is a class act all the way and is great for baseball.

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