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Jim Leyland is coming back

Oct 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Jim Leyland AP

Going into the clubhouse and asking a manager who just lost the World Series if he is coming back next year is kinda like asking the widow at a funeral if she plans on remarrying. So it was understandable that Jim Leyland was not ready to talk about that stuff on Sunday night.  Give it a day, though:

The decision has been made.

Indications are that Jim Leyland is coming back for an eighth year of managing the Tigers and that the club could make the announcement as early as today.

That’s Tom Gage of the Detroit News with the story. UPDATE: It’s official.

It makes sense. This will be a substantially similar team coming back next season and there is no better person than Leyland to manage it.

Leyland has bee at the helm for seven years. He’s 607-528 with two pennants and two division titles under his belt with the Tigers. You have to figure he’ll have this job as long as the Cabrera-Verlander-Fielder core is in tact and competitive.

  1. darthicarus - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    I am actually happy the Leyland is coming back. The players all seem to like him, he did get the team to the World Series this year, and I can’t think of any available managers that would be a good fit in Detroit.

    The team will have some improvements in the offseason – Young & Valverde likely gone, Victor Martinez coming back, and what ever other FA or trades are made this team have another successful year (hopefully with 4 more wins in the postseason).

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    It makes sense. This will be a substantially similar team coming back next season and there is no better person than Leyland to manage it.

    Sure it does, but then again Tigers management made it clear from the get go they wanted Leyland back. You make it sound like the Tigers were weighing their options. In reality they were waiting for Leyland to figure out if he wanted to keep managing in baseball or retire.

  3. stex52 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    He has been regarded as a solid baseball man for many years and his team just played in the World Series. You may not have liked the results, but I don’t think Leyland struck out a single time in the Series.

    They could choose to go in a different direction, but I don’t know why they would.

  4. sparty0n - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I kinda liked Leyland until a read an piece a few years back where he was telling Inge to keep hacking and not worry about strikeouts. Since then, I’ve begun to question is moves more and more. Personally, I was hoping for a change – but I’m not surprised by this either.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Without more input I can’t really comment but it could be that in Leyland’s eyes Inge was just gonna keep hacking anyway. Consider that the Manager may not give the same advice to every player. And anyway no manager is perfect. You can take the view that an average manager will commit X amount of mistakes and great manager will make very few of them, while a bad one will make more. You can also take the paper lion view that your best manager is the one that costs you the least amount of games.

      • stex52 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        And I would pretty much line up with Paper. I also think that is what Leyland tries to do.

  5. pshanks62 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Hoping they still replace Lloyd…

    • frank433 - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Because all that offseason work with Jackson didn’t help him hit .300 this year?

  6. stlouis1baseball - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Glad to hear Jim Leyland is coming back.
    For some reason…baseball just seems better with him involved.

  7. proudliberal85392 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Why not bring him back? Leyland is a good baseball guy, who makes the game better.

  8. sjtorpitt - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Also will get V-Mart back this year

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