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DETROIT — Jim Leyland, the third-winningest manager in Detroit Tigers franchise history, today announced his retirement after eight seasons as the team’s manager. Leyland, 68, guided the Tigers to their third straight American League Central Division Championship this season and leaves the game ranked 15th all-time in managerial wins (1,769).
“On behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, we thank Jim for everything he has done for this franchise over the past eight seasons,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “Jim’s tenure will be looked back on as one of the great eras in Tigers history; an era that included two World Series appearances, four ALCS appearances in eight seasons, three division titles and two American League pennants. It has truly been an honor to work with one of the great managers in the history of the game.”
“We want to thank Jim for everything he has done over the past eight years to steer the ship, and lead our ballclub to some exciting times in this town,” stated Tigers’ owner Michael Ilitch. “Jim has been instrumental in the franchise’s most recent success on and off the field, and we are forever grateful. We wish the best to Jim and his family in the future.”
“It has been a huge honor to have been the Tigers manager for the past eight seasons, so many wonderful days and nights at Comerica Park with almost every seat filled. I can’t thank you enough for your support,” said Jim Leyland. “When I came here all I wanted was a chance and you gave me that. I hope you do the same for your next manager. My goal coming here was to turn talent into team, and with the help of the entire organization, we did that. This is not a good bye, it’s a so long, as I will be accepting another position in the organization yet to be determined. I hope you enjoyed me as much as I enjoyed you.”
Leyland was named the Tigers 36th manager on October 4, 2005 and guided Detroit to 700 wins at the helm, third-most in franchise history. Sparky Anderson (1,331 wins) and Hughie Jennings (1,131 wins) are the only two Tigers skippers with more wins. The Tigers advanced to the postseason four times during Leyland’s managerial career with the club, including three straight division titles (2011-2013), two American League pennants (2006, 2012) and two World Series appearances. Leyland joined Hughie Jennings as the only two managers in Tigers history to lead the club to the postseason in three-or-more seasons. He was the third manager in franchise history to guide a Tigers club to the World Series multiple times, joining Hughie Jennings and Mickey Cochrane.
Leyland guided a club to the postseason eight times in his 22 seasons as a Major League manager and compiled a 44-40 record (.524) during the playoffs. He led the Pittsburgh Pirates to three straight National League East Division titles (1990-92), and he captured the National League Wild Card with the Florida Marlins in 1997. His 1997 Marlins went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.
Leyland is 14th all-time in games managed with 3,499, including 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-96), two with the Florida Marlins (1997-98) and one with the Colorado Rockies (1999). He ranks third on the Tigers all-time games managed list with 1,297.
Leyland’s Tigers teams finished above .500 in six of his eight seasons at the helm. Detroit has surpassed three million in season attendance four times in franchise history, all during Leyland’s Tigers managerial career (2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013).
The 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City was filled with the best players in baseball. The Detroit Tigers sent six players for the midsummer classic, including the American League starting pitcher Max Scherzer and third baseman, Miguel Cabrera.
Scherzer pitched a perfect 1-2-3 first inning, Miguel Cabrera clubbed a double and scored the first run of the game, Jhonny Peralta hit a double and Prince Fielder motored around the bases for a triple. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland managed the game for the American League and led the team to a 3-0 win and homefield advantage in the 2013 World Series.
Check out our slideshow of all the action at the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City.
We did not have anybody that we thought was really ready to close coming out of Spring Training. We tried Rondon, but we did not feel that he was ready to be able to close games at the major league level, which put us in a little bit of a quandary. So with that being said, we tinkered around the first part of the season and ended up signing Jose Valverde who was throwing the ball good, and is throwing the ball good. He became more of an option for us because he’d done it before and he wasn’t afraid. Since making him the closer, he’s been successful most of the time and has blown three saves. It doesn’t appear that he’s quite the same as he was a year or two years ago, but he’s certainly not bad. Where we stand right now is I think there will be some situations where he will be the closer, but as you saw (Sunday) if the lineup is set up for someone who has a different repertoire of pitches, I might go that way. [Valverde] is gonna close some games.
@Hammonds253 #askleyland. How valuable is a player like Matt Tuiasosopo to your club in his limited starts and pinch hitting?
He’s been terrific. I’ve got a soft spot for him because he really won the job out of Spring Training and he’s proven that we made a very good decision. He’s done a very good job for us wherever we put him.
He looks pretty good. I think he was a little stale the first couple of days in Toledo but it looks like he’s picked up and gotten back into the swing of things a little bit. I’m still holding my breath a bit because sometimes when guys are out for so long when they come back they get a few hits but they’re still not really in sync and it takes them a while to get in a good groove and get going, but if yesterday is any indication, he’s well on his way.
@MattWilhelm9 @tigers #AskLeyland Don Kelly has been on fire. Have you thought about starting him more often?
I’ll answer that question this way, Don Kelly is a valuable player for us when used in the right spots and when used sparingly either to rest somebody, play on a Sunday or against a tough sinkerballer or righthander and that’s probably what we’ll continue to do with him.
That’s where you’re torn between a rock and a hard pile. I would not have bunted Torii Hunter if they had a left-handed pitcher warming up in the bullpen. But if [fans] watch the game, they did not have a lefthander warming up in the bullpen, so that meant that Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez were gonna get a chance to drive in a run. Prince Fielder is a 100+ RBI guy. He’s very capable of knocking that run in, which he did I believe. You don’t ever want to take the bat out of Miguel Cabrera’s hands but I will also say this, when you’re in the ninth inning of the game, a tie game, particularly at home and the first guy gets on and you don’t bunt, and Torii Hunter who can hit into double plays, hits into a double play it takes the starch right out of your team. So that means Cabrera is hitting with nobody on base. So now you’re saying that to win the game, Cabrera has to hit a home run. That’s pretty hard to do. So this is one that I’ve tossed around with a lot of other managers, had they [Twins] had a left-handed pitcher warming up in the bullpen that, a tough lefthander that I knew Prince was gonna have to face, I wouldn’t have bunted him, but because they didn’t have a lefty and I knew Prince and Victor would get to hit off a right handed pitcher- I mean Victor knocked in one hundred something runs for us and Prince is a perennial 100+ RBI guy. The fourth and fifth guys are supposed to be able to knock in some runs for us, and in this case they did and we won the game.
Before today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland answered fan questions submitted through Twitter. Since the skipper doesn’t speak in 140 characters or less, here are his answers to your questions. Did he answer yours?
@jawilla11: #Ask Leyland How do you motivate a player when he’s in a slump?
Well as a manager, you try to keep them loose, try to keep their confidence level up and try to show confidence in them by playing them. The most confidence a manager can show in a player is to put them in the lineup. At some point obviously it’s up to the player, but at the same time you try to be there for them a little bit more than somebody that’s not in a slump-pay a little more attention to them.
@Tigers2435 What is the most difficult part of your job?
I think trying to keep everybody on the same page. There’s a lot of distractions up here and I think that the biggest part is trying to keep everyone on the same page to accomplish the ultimate goal.
@kristen_squires How do you choose which pitcher comes out of the bullpen?
It all depends who’s fresh, what the other team’s lineup looks like, lefties, righties, switch-hitters how they do against righties and who’s fresh for that day.
@theericwilson What is your favorite baseball memory?
I would probably have to say winning the first division title with Pittsburgh in 1990. We were so bad and they were so bad when we got there and it took us a few years, but then when we finally got it and finally accomplished that and won our first division title, it was great.
What was Your Favorite Baseball Memory with the Tigers?
My favorite memory with the Tigers had to be 2006 because the expectations weren’t much and we came in and my first year we were able to go to the World Series. But favorite memory, Magglio’s home run.