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Report: Jim Leyland stepping down as Tigers manager

Oct 21, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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This is big. Ken Rosenthal of Fox reports that Tigers manager Jim Leyland is stepping down. Rosenthal says that he told the team after end of ALCS on Saturday. The Tigers have called a news conference for 11:30 AM this morning to, presumably, make the announcement official.

Leyland has been the Tigers manager since 2006. He won two pennants –in 2006 and 2012 — three AL Central titles and made the playoffs four times. His record as Tigers skipper is 700-597 Overall he has managed 22 seasons and 1769-1728 with the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers. Leyland is 68 and Rosenthal reports that he told the Tigers that it’s time for someone younger to take over the team.

With the Tigers opening being added to vacancies in Washington and Cincinnati, there are now three plum jobs for managers ready to enter “win-now” mode.

MORE: Who replaces Leyland in Detroit?

  1. chill1184 - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Interesting, I wonder if Leyland is going to retire from baseball after this

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Leyland was getting fired but talked ownership into letting him resign. He is a stubborn POS that ruined game 1 & 6. I hope he drops dead pretty soon!

      • basedrum777 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Wow what a douchebag. He’s better than 90% of the managers in the bigs. And he didn’t play once this series so I’m pretty sure your players lost the games.

      • doubleogator - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        WOW you sound like a really nice guy…wonder what you would say if the Tigers actually had a bad manager!

      • sandrafluke2012 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        i laughed hard

    • veraarnold - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Do you like acting as inhibited as you are at work in your own house, and having future work evaluations reflect how well you entertain as well as how well you do your job?
      Then by all means invite people from the office. you would like to try at least once, I assure you will know the meaning of success….. ℬ­­­­A­­­­ℛ­­­1­­­7­­­.Ⅽ­­­­­O­­­­­­Ⅿ

  2. Dan - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Farewell skip. We thank you for all you’ve done for the team.

    • cur68 - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Now THAT’S a worthy send off for Jimmy Smokes. He was a great guy when he was mad at an ump. He gave interesting interviews and he once told off Barry Bonds in epic fashion.

      Happy Trails, Mr. Leyland. Its been fun watching you

      /hat tip

  3. RickyB - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Psst, Craig. You misread the columns on his managerial record. 1297 games with the Tigers, not wins …

    • jarathen - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      No, the Tigers have won 162.125 games a year since Leyland took over.

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I doubt that Bobby V will get an interview.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Bobby V will NEVER get an MLB managerial interview again. Bank on that.

      • rbj1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        So there is a God.

      • jarathen - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        That Bobby Valentine had the job last year should factor into your belief in a deity. Yes, he won’t manage again (most likely), but he was managing LAST YEAR.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Well…

        He’s always been a flake but he wasn’t a complete disaster with the Mets by any stretch. He got them to the World Series at least.

        I think last year’s debacle, plus the negative publicity regarding his inexplicable 9/11 comments regarding the Yankees, should seal his fate finally.

      • chill1184 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Eh, never say never. Valentine would obviously have to reestablish himself before becoming an MLB skipper again to prove that his tenure with the Red Sox was an exception not the norm. If anything some organization would take the chance and put him in charge of a minor league team to see if he’s learned from his experience.

  5. dracko19 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    As successful as he’s been in Detroit, there are many Tigers fans that will rejoice about this. I can assure you that the majority of the fan base appreciated what Leyland did in Detroit. Anyone welcoming his departure is small minded at best.

    • jeffchadwick - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I appreciate Leyland as a leader of man, but as an in-game strategist or all-around judge of talent, I think he leaves a lot to be desired. Certainly, he deserves thanks for his eight seasons of (mostly) good Tigers baseball, but I’m confident a fresh perspective could do this Tigers team a world of good. I suppose that makes me “small minded.”

  6. largebill - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Craig,

    I’d double check your source for wins for Leyland. You have him with more wins than every manager except Connie Mack.

    • jarathen - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      He’s that good.

    • drelms - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      calcetera is an idiot who specializes in articles meant to incite insurrection with controversy. He most likely just misread an Wikipedia article he had perused in order to write the article.

      And change your picture or something calcetera the one you post makes you look like a dweeb.

      • largebill - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Hey, try to express your disagreement with him without the name calling.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        …or name mis-spelling.

  7. butlers91 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Hmmmm…he did make some mistakes from time to time, but we had a good amount of success under his regime. Good luck Leyland! I hope we make a smart choice for his replacement.

  8. aceshigh11 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Aww man, I feel bad for the guy.

    He may have made some bad in-game calls during the ALCS, but he didn’t have much to work with either, especially with his bullpen.

    Not to mention that the Sox got a few HUGE breaks…they were playing with a collective horseshoe up their asses.

  9. philliesblow - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    There will be a group of self-appointed experts (aka delusional fans) that will cheer this news. I suspect the Tigers’ next manager will be no where near as successful as Leyland has been.

    • ptfu - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Jim Leyland is trying to save his health. He had to step down before his bullpen gave him a heart attack. All those bullpen-inspired cigarettes and antacids can’t be good for him either.

  10. countduku - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I wonder if he finally looked at the contracts and ages of the likes of fielder, verlander, cabrera, sanchez, ect.ect.. and realized that the direction the team will be heading isn’t as bright as he hopes. I can’t blame you Jim, Good luck, you’ve been a great manager!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Your handle is so appropriate, for you really are a royal dumbshit. You offer for comment the intellectual equivalent of a pile of crap. It is, Sir, a turd – a non-descript waste of a comment utterly lacking in redeeming social value. And, lest you take that to mean that your work is comparable to pornography (a la the court case from which that phrase comes), I should like to clarify that it – unlike your remark – provides entertainment and reward for millions. In contrast, your comment does not. It is a pathetically limp attempt at insulting the Tigers while purporting to have any insight into the mind and humanity of a manager – and specifically Jim Leyland. The current Tigers team is significantly more talented and poised to win than the one that Leyland had at the start of his tenure. It would not be logical to believe that he would leave the team now because he was distraught over their current prospects then. But, really, you know this – because you are not actually offering intelligent insight (even if you could about how a manager thinks). You are simply trolling, and it’s not that good of a troll. Honestly, dirtyharry is far more intelligent and entertaining. People have noted his absence, he excels so much at trolling. You, on the other hand, could leave and no one would miss you. You are not endearing or witty enough to be beloved nor infuriating enough to incite passion. You are a gnat, and there are millions of you on the internet. Together, you may ruin a picnic, but individually, you are only worth smacking. So, I am. I am slapping your hand for pretending to be a Tigers fan. You are not. I have never seen you leave comments that are supportive or cheering of the team, its players or its success. Do not, then, pretend to thank Leyland for what he has done in Detroit. Further, I will thump you for playing at being a baseball fan. Go back to your hockey and football forums. You do not have insight nor enthusiasm to offer as a baseball fan. You are a generic sports troll, and if you want to aspire to more, you should comment less and read more – and also see about that heart of yours, which is two sizes too small. A fan is, by definition, an admirer or enthusiastic devotee. You demonstrate neither attribute. So, again, save your fake fan thanks. They are worthless for Jim Leyland – because you are a petty internet troll among millions, and he *is* the goddamned manager.

      • nbjays - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Wow! Historio channeling Old Gator… whodthunkit?

        Ignore him, he’s not worth getting worked up over.

      • American of African Descent - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Take notes, boys. This is how to troll!

      • cur68 - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        um…I think Larva’s mad. For what its worth, ” a heart two sizes too small” has to count as THE BEST put down in all of Dr. Seuss’s repertoire.

        Anyhow, countdoofus (or whatever your name is) you’ve been told.

      • countduku - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        i never said i was a tiger fan and never will be. alot of senseless rant by you. you should quit the drugs, tell your mom me and my friends say hello.

      • unclemosesgreen - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        The guy abbreviates etcetera as “ect” and you managed to take him seriously?

        As a sentient baseball fan I think it’s the right time for Leyland to go, and I congratulate him on having the decency to walk at that right time.

  11. aidanscawley - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Last year I would have readily accepted this as a blessing, but Leyland improved a lot this year. Between not giving Phil Coke the RHB that tear him apart, finding spots for Peralta to play, and moving Cabrera to second in the order so Jackson could hit in the eight spot, Leyland has done a lot of good for the Tigers this year, regardless of their underachievement.

  12. 2077james - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Wonder if Francona’s regretting not waiting a year?

    • janessa31888 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      We in Cleveland are glad he didn’t.

  13. oriolesmagic69 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    jim leyland was 700-597 as the tigers skipper. he did a great job. it doesnt matter how well you manage a team if tje players dont perform. good luck to jim. he will go down as one of the best managerial careers in baseball history. im not a tigers fan and even I know thar

  14. wheels579 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Leyland is a class act first, and a winner. If he has any interest in TV, I’d very much enjoy hearing his perspective.

    • drelms - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      If FOX wants to improve their baseball coverage they should put Leyland in place of that idiot Joe Buck. At least Leyland would be able to provide his services without the biased nature of Buck. Buck’s broadcast of the Sox / Tigers game was so biased, I half thought they were going to show him down on his knees in the Tigers dugout providing head.

      • basedrum777 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Joe Buck favors the Cards and east coast teams. This has always been true. I’m a Yankees fan so I know.

        And yes he’s terrible.

  15. rbj1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Larry Parrish just re-upped with the Mud Hens as their skipper after a couple of years away from the organization. I wonder if he’ll get a promotion.

  16. sdelmonte - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Wow. This sort of marks the end of an era, with all the other great managers of his day – La Russa, Pinella, Torre, Johnson – already retired. For good or for ill, they defined the job over a big swath of baseball history.

    Is Leyland a Hall of Famer? Or is just one ring not enough?

    • sdelmonte - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Oops. Forgot Bobby Cox! Sorry, Craig.

  17. sparty0n - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Hmmmm, I wonder what would it take to get Gibby from the Dbacks?

  18. apkyletexas - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Three articles this morning from Craig, and nothing on “Puig is still God” yet?

    I’m flabbergasted.

  19. thinkfirstthenspeak - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Who’s going to lead the league is double vodkas and double scotches now?

  20. sparty0n - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I bet Llyod McLendon gets a look as a replacement

  21. rickdobrydney - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Yeah, Leyland looked at that 275 lb , overpaid , non-factor lying at 3rd base the other night and said to himself, “that’s it… I am outta here”——

    • insley29 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      That is one big veggie eatin’ non hittin’ son of a gun..

  22. pwshrugged - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Not surprising, really. Leyland’s been managing on one-year contracts for at least a couple years now, always with the organization’s blessing. I figured he’d win it all one year with us and hang ‘em up, or just get to the point where he got too old and tired. I don’t blame him, and after this season, I’m not particularly surprised.

    I’m left with two concerns. First, is Leyland’s departure (which is certainly his decision) an indication that he no longer feels the team can win? This was probably his best Tigers roster, and they fell obviously short. It’s hard to imagine any major changes in the roster next year. Has he lost faith in the team? Second, where do the Tigers go to find their new manager? Will they look within at guys like Lloyd McClendon or Gene Lamont or Jeff Jones? The Tigers don’t have a bevy of prospects-turned-All-Stars, so I’m not sure how I feel about one of the internal candidates getting promoted; the internal promotion scheme would likely see Lamont take the managing gig and the rest of the coaching staff stay intact. I imagine a new manager would shake things up some.

    Maybe a new manager will turn guys like Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, and Jose Iglesias loose on the basepaths next season.

    At any rate, I tip my hat to Leyland. For all that Tigers fans gripe about him sometimes, he did great things with this team. Don’t forget that he inherited a team that was only 3 years removed from losing 119 games. Yet, under Jim, they went to the ALCS 4 times and the World Series twice in a 7 year span. Hope he enjoys what I assume will be his retirement. He deserves it.

  23. temporarilyexiled - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I hope we still hear more from him – maybe as a commentator. Short term, anyone can be questioned. Over the long haul, pretty darn impressive. Moreover, he’s always been interesting. He’s always really cared. And he’s always been a stand-up guy – not afraid to own up to whatever’s come his way. It’s a nice combination, likeable, durable, interesting, passionate, and quite often, very good in his field. Not too many of these walking around – anywhere. The Tigers deserve a good replacement – we’ll see how they do…

  24. cohnjusack - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Farewell Jim! What I’ll mostly remember is that story you told at the Tony LaRussa roast about you fondling your wife’s genitals.

  25. larry188 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Prince Fielder is the one who should step down.

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