Buckle up Tigers fans… Jim Leyland likely returning to the team in 2013


This one should sit well with the Jim Leyland haters in the Metro Detroit area…

Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who is in the final year of his contract, is likely to return to the team in the same role for 2013 according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

Jim Leyland’s future has been enough of a question that even some in the Tigers’ clubhouse have conflicting views on whether he’ll return in 2013. But it appears at least one option can be ruled out, as Leyland has been telling people in recent days that he does not plan to retire at the end of this postseason.

Some in baseball, and even some in the Tigers’ organization, had been speculating that he might, especially if the Tigers go to the World Series. Just last week, Leyland began one answer about next year by saying, “If I manage … “

This is somewhat of an interesting development considering the relatively tough season Leyland endured in the 2012, owner Mike Ilitch making no comment on Leyland’s status in 2013 and Leyland himself making what seemed to be his farewell address to Mario Impemba after the Tigers clinched the division. However given the Tigers repeating as AL Central Champions and making their second consecutive trip to the ALCS the team may figure there’s no better options out there especially with Terry Francona and his 101 on club house management signing on with the Cleveland Indians.


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