Love him or hate him, Jim Leyland will be the manager of the Detroit Tigers in 2013.
CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler writes, that the Tigers have announced that manager Jim Leyland and the entire coaching staff will return for the 2013 season. This will also include Toby Harrah who will serve as a second hitting coach in addition to Lloyd McClendon.
Tigers make it official. Leyland (and entire coaching staff) to return in 2013. Toby Harrah added as 2nd hitting coach. http://t.co/h0zJRJPx
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnobler) October 30, 2012
The 67-year-old Leyland made it apparent for several weeks now that he wanted to continue managing and that the Tigers were the only team he wanted to manage.
There however was some speculation on Leyland’s desire to continue managing after the Tigers’ World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants Sunday.
“This is my last stop,” Leyland said.
The Tigers ultimately decided to bring Leyland and his staff back after two World Series and three ALCS appearances in seven seasons. Prior to Leyland’s arrival in Detroit back in 2006 the Tigers were engulfed in a playoff drought that extended all the way back to 1987 where they were eliminated in the ALCS by the Minnesota Twins in five games.
“Jim is as fine a manager as there is in baseball,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a news release. “He has done a fantastic job for the organization and we are thrilled to have him back managing the Tigers in 2013.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jim and his ability to lead our club on the field. I am confident that you will not find a harder working or better prepared manager in our game.”
Leyland is also excited to be back for another season.
“Detroit is a tremendous baseball town and I couldn’t dream of a better place to manage,” Leyland said. “The support of Mr. Ilitch and Dave is second to none and gives this club an opportunity to win every year. Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here. I can’t even begin to express how much that means to me.”
It’s also expected that Leyland’s 2013 return will go over very well with the Tigers’ clubhouse.
“I, for one, am extremely glad he’s coming back,” Justin Verlander said, even before the decision had officially been made.
No word yet on the length of Leyland’s new contract who’s been worked on one-year deals for the past few seasons.
h/t: CBSSports.com, Baseball-reference.com, Mlive.com