Still reeling from their sweep defeat to San Francisco at the World Series, Detroit Tigers fans will be pleased to hear their manager Jim Leyland is to stay on with his coaching staff for one more season.
The 67-year-old’s future has been subject to much speculation over recent months but Detroit’s progression through the postseason put any retirement decision on hold.
Indeed, many experts betting on baseball have suggested Leyland was waiting to win the World Series this year, so he could go out with the biggest of bangs.
“It’s one year, which is all I wanted and I’m sure it’s all they wanted to do,” Leyland told reporters. “So it works out really good.”
“I’m going to be here in 2013 and, you know, we’ll take that from there. I thought long and hard about it. I wanted to manage, but I did think long and hard about it.”
Indeed, Leyland will have thought hard about this decision after a record 21 years managing in the Majors. The Ohio-man already has a World Series title to his name and it is clear the taste of that 1997 success with the Florida Marlins fuels his desire to keep on going.
Entering his eighth season with Detroit in 2013, Leyland has proven he is still one of the best in the business: having won the AL Central title for a second-straight year and leading the Tigers to a third postseason berth under his leadership, despite plenty of betting mlb world series experts tipping them to fall short.
He is a Tigers legend and winning the World Series this year may have been the perfect way to end his career but, after San Francisco’s devastating 4-0 sweep, Leyland has one last point to prove before hanging up his cap for good.