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DETROIT -- A picture of Jim Leyland's face stared out from the video board at an empty Comerica Park, next to that familiar Olde English "D" and a message that said simply: "Thank You Jim."

After eight seasons managing the Tigers, including three division titles and two American League pennants, Leyland stepped down Monday. His voice cracking at times, wiping away tears at others, he announced his departure two days after Detroit was eliminated by Boston in the AL Championship Series.

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"It's been a thrill," the 68-year-old Leyland said during a news conference at the ballpark. "I came here to change talent to team, and I think with the help of this entire organization, I think we've done that. We've won quite a bit. I'm very grateful to have been a small part of that."

Leyland made his managerial debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, and from Barry Bonds to Miguel Cabrera, he's managed some of the sport's biggest stars and been involved in some of baseball's most memorable games over the past quarter-century.

In 1992, his Pirates lost Game 7 of the NLCS when Atlanta rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning. Five years later, Leyland won his only World Series title as manager when his Florida Marlins beat Cleveland in an 11-inning thriller in Game 7.

He's experienced some of the highest highs the game has to offer, but he also endured difficult rebuilding periods in both Pittsburgh and Florida.

After one season with the Colorado Rockies, Leyland didn't manage at all from 2000-05 before Detroit hired him. Leyland led the Tigers to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco.

Leyland worked under one-year contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status. He was reflective late this season, mentioning to reporters that he had already managed the Tigers longer than he had expected they would keep him, but he also said in September that he still loved the atmosphere, the competition and his team.

In fact, he'd actually told general manager Dave Dombrowski in early September that he didn't want to return as manager. He expects to remain with the organization in some capacity after going 700-597 as a manager.

[+] EnlargeMichael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesJim Leyland announced Monday that he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons and two trips to the World Series.

"I'm not totally retiring today, I'm just not going to be in the dugout anymore," Leyland said. "I hope and pray that you give the next manager the same respect and the same chance that you gave me."

Leyland says his health is fine, but it's time to stop managing. He said he started weighing his decision around June.

"I started thinking this was getting a little rough. I thought that the fuel was getting a little low," Leyland said. "I knew that I'd get through it because I knew we'd be playing for something."

The Tigers figure to contend again next year, which may lead Dombrowski to look for a proven commodity who can come in and manage. Kirk Gibson, who led Detroit to the 1984 World Series title as a player, is now managing in Arizona, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall tried to quash any speculation that Gibson would return to the Tigers.

"We would not grant permission [to the Tigers to talk to Gibson] if asked because we want him here, and he told me this morning he has no interest in leaving," Hall said.

Detroit's players found out about Leyland's departure after Saturday night's game in Boston, when the Red Sox won Game 6 to take the series.

"You've got your head down, you lost and the season's over, and then Jim dropped that bomb on us," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "I just had a feeling that it could have been his last year. All year, he was kind of emotional, and I just felt it."

Leyland said there was no announcement Saturday because he wanted the focus to be on the victorious Red Sox. However, he was honest about how much this defeat hurt.

"With all due respect to the Boston Red Sox -- who earned it, they won it, they deserve to be where they are -- I truly believe the Detroit Tigers should be playing here tomorrow," Leyland said. "This is one that's going to stick with me, this is one that really hurts, because I really felt like we let it get away."

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said the move came as a surprise.

"I had sent him a text yesterday morning just to congratulate him and the organization on not only a great team, but a great year," Farrell said. "I expressed the respect that we have for him, and certainly I have personally for him for all the success he's had in his career.

"To see the announcement today, and to listen and know early September this was very clear on his mind, that's surprising. But my gosh, when you take a step back and you see someone who has managed for 22 years, it's a hell of a career and one I'm sure he's extremely proud of."

When Leyland arrived at the Tigers' training camp this year, it marked 50 seasons since he first showed up there as an 18-year-old prospect. His playing career never amounted to much, but his accomplishments as a manager over more than two decades have been impressive.

He is 1,769-1,728 overall during stints with the Tigers, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies.

When Leyland took over the Tigers, they had gone 12 years without a winning season. Under Leyland, they finished under .500 only once.

Detroit has become one of baseball's glamour teams of late, with stars like Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer helping the team win games and draw fans. Cabrera won the Triple Crown and MVP award last year. Verlander won the MVP and Cy Young Award the previous season.

What an honor playing my first 8 years with Jim Leyland. A great manager and an even better person. Thanks for believing in me. #HOF

— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 21, 2013

"It's been as much fun for me to manage Ramon Santiago is it has Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander," Leyland said. "Now in saying that, it was also an honor to manage the Triple Crown winner, an MVP, a Cy Young winner."

The Tigers should be able to keep their core of players mostly together for next season, but now they'll need to find a new manager to replace Leyland, who always earned high marks for his ability to keep his veterans focused.

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"He really cares deeply about his players," utility man Don Kelly said. "When you go out there, the way he treats you, you want to run through a wall for him, go out there and get a win. That's the way he treated me, he treated everybody like that."

Fellow Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, of the Lions, also lauded Leyland, saying if he hadn't been a manager he could have been "a captain of a ship somewhere."

"I think the hallmark of his managerial style would have been the same hallmark if he would have been that ship's captain," Schwartz said. "He would have been up at the helm probably smoking a cigarette. It would have been like 20-foot swells, hurricane coming in and he wouldn't even bat an eye. Everybody on the crew would have looked up and said, 'Hey, things are going to be OK.' That's why I have so much respect for him."

"There's always second-guessing and there's a lot of things that go on and baseball's tough," Schwartz added. "There's a reason they call it a manager. He has to manage a lot of different personalities and things like that and I certainly learned a lot watching him up close these last five years and, you know, baseball is going to miss him. Hopefully he can stay. I don't know what role he'll have but I heard that he's going to stay in the game. Baseball will be better for him staying in the game."

Information from The Associated Press, ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald and ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein was used in this report.

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Twenty years later, the lesson hit.  Terry Collins was standing a few feet from Jim Leyland and Barry Bonds on that day in spring training, 1991, when Leyland howled at his superstar,  “don’t you f--- with me!” and ended up with more respect from the player because of it.

Bonds has been sulking all spring about losing his arbitration hearing, and one morning began cursing at a photographer.  Bill Virdon, an old baseball lifer and coach on Leyland’s staff, told Bonds to stop, and Bonds was soon swearing at Virdon; Leyland would not have anyone disrespecting his coaches, so he stuck his face into Bonds’ and started yelling. Bonds later called Leyland the best manager he had ever played for.

How, wondered Collins, then a bullpen coach and aspiring manager, did Leyland pull that one off?

Two decades (and two failures in with Astros and Angels later) the Mets manager understands.  “What I got from him was that I always had to be myself,” said Leyland’s longtime friend and acolyte on the day of the 68-year-old’s retirement in Detroit. “Then there was what happened in Houston. Then there was what happened in Anaheim.”

But then there was what happened in New York: Close relationships with star players, and a strong hold on the clubhouse despite three years of losing records.  So  it took 20 years for the deep lessons of Leyland to take hold inside Collins?

“Exactly,” Collins said.

While it was sad to see his buddy leave the field, it was not surprising.  Leyland said at his news conference on Monday what he had been telling friends for a while -- the routines of baseball had grown tiring, and it was unethical to do the job with a dimmer flame.

“Jim Leyland was all about respecting the game of baseball,” Collins said. “Respecting it to the max.  He always said, ‘when you can’t give your all, get out. This game demands the best you’ve got.’ Even after he won in Miami, a few years later he left the game because he was burned out.”

But despite all valid reasons and understanding, it stinks when a friend goes away. Collins will miss those salty chats before spring training games in Lakeland, Fla. and Port St. Lucie, the frank appraisals of his team and players that remained private, the trust that he could dump thoughts and frustrations on Leyland and know his words would remain confidential.

And moments like this: When the Mets traveled to Detroit for an interleague series in 2011, Collins nonagenarian father, Bud, made the two-hour trip from home in Midland, Mich., and was thrilled to see Leyland, after seeing him manage the Tigers on TV nearly every night.

When Bud Collins came down toward the field, Collins introduced him to Leyland, who’s seemed particularly curmudgeonly that week; he had been ejected from one game, and watched the Mets devour his pitching in another.

But Leyland threw his arm around Bud, drawing him close like a lifelong buddy. “Hey Mr. Collins, what’s with your son?” he growled, smiling.  “He tells me he hasn’t got any pop on his team, then they’re hitting ping-pong balls off me yesterday.”

Bud was tickled.  As his son said Monday, “Leyland never forgot the little guy.”

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Jim Leyland, who led the Detroit Tigers to two pennants in eight seasons and got them to the verge of a third this season, will not return for a ninth.

Leyland announced in a press conference Monday that he is stepping down as Detroit's manager.

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"I'm going to be 69 years old," he said. "I'm not ashamed of that. I'm proud of it. The fuel's getting a little low."

Leyland will be accepting another position with the club, which is yet to be determined.

"I want to retire a Tiger," Leyland said. "So long. It's not goodbye. And from the bottom of my heart thank you for having me."

Leyland was without a contract for 2014.

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Detroit was Leyland's fourth and most successful stop in a managerial career that likely will conclude with his enshrinement in baseball's Hall of Fame. He posted a 700-597 record with the Tigers, and has 1,769 wins in a 22-year career. He won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and led the Pittsburgh Pirates to three consecutive NL East titles from 1990-92.

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This season, the Tigers won 93 games and a third consecutive AL Central title. They defeated the Oakland Athletics in the AL Division Series before losing the AL Championship Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox.

"This one hurt bad, because I thought we let one get away. We did it collectively, there's no one culprit," Leyland said. "This is one that's going to stick with me."

His final season was the culmination of a decade-long rise of the Tigers, a franchise that bottomed out in 2003, when it lost an American League-record 119 games. Leyland replaced Alan Trammell after the 2005 season, at a time Tigers owner Mike Ilitch began aggressively acquiring veterans such as Magglio Ordonez, Pudge Rodriguez and Kenny Rogers.

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The next season, rookie Justin Verlander arrived along with Leyland, and he guided them to the AL pennant before a five-game loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Subsequent off-seasons brought Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister via trade, and the Tigers have made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.

Such success also bred outsize expectations in Detroit, and Leyland noted this spring that he no intention of retiring, "whether we win or don't win."

"If I went out tomorrow, I wouldn't care how any of you guys felt, I would feel like I went out on top," he said in March. "I was a backup Double A catcher who hit (bleeping) .222. I've managed in the big leagues 22 years, with a world title, division titles, American League championships. Now, what the (heck)?"

Monday, he took the longer view, realizing the franchise was still well-positioned.

"What's gone on here has been unbelievable," he said. "We've won a lot of games, we've had a lot of seats filled. I came here to make talent a team, and I think we did that."

Leyland's departure creates a whopping five managerial openings: the Tigers, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.

Contributing: The Detroit Free Press

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GALLERY: MANAGERIAL CAROUSEL

Bryan Price, who has been the Reds' pitching coach since the 2010 season, replaced Dusty Baker as manager.  Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Jim Leyland, who led the Detroit Tigers to two pennants in eight seasons and got them to the verge of a third this season, is retiring. He posted a 700-597 record with the Tigers, and has 1,769 wins in a 22-year career.  Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year deal with the Yankees.Since taking over in 2008, he has led the Yankees to a major league-best .580 winning percentage (564-408) in that span.  Brad Penner, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Dusty Baker was fired after six seasons with the Reds.  David Kohl, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Despite missing the playoffs, Ron Washington will return as the manager of the Rangers.  Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen The Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a two-year contract extension after wrapping up an 86-76 season, the best finish for the franchise in 24 years.  Denny Medley, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen The Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum after his second season as manager. He went 127-197 in his two seasons as manager of the Cubs.  Benny Sieu, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen As expected, the Mets signed Terry Collins to a two-year extension.  Brad Penner, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Ron Gardenhire, the second-longest tenured manager in baseball with 12 seasons in Minnesota, is returning with a new two-year contract.  Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Ryne Sandberg was named the Phillies' full-time managerial job in September. He took over for Charlie Manuel, who was fired in August.  Howard Smith, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen The Phillies fired Charlie Manuel in mid-August after a disastrous stretch. But, he will always be remembered for in Philadelphia for winning the 2008 World Series.  Brad Mills, USA TODAY SportsFullscreen Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is stepping down after eight seasons with the team. He led the Tigers to two World Series and two other playoff appearances.  David Richard, USA TODAY SportsFullscreenLike this topic? You may also like these photo galleries:ReplayAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideSHARE 2011 CONNECT 132 TWEET 42 COMMENTEMAILMORE USA NOW Who is the hero teacher in school shooting? | USA NOW videoOct 22, 2013More Stories:

Jim Leyland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jim Leyland From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Jim Leyland Manager Born: (1944-12-15) December 15, 1944 (age 68)
Perrysburg, Ohio Bats: Right Throws: Right Career statistics Games 3,499 Won–loss record 1,769–1,728 Winning % .506 Teams

 As a manager:

Pittsburgh Pirates (1986–1996) Florida Marlins (1997–1998) Colorado Rockies (1999) Detroit Tigers (2006–2013) Career highlights and awards World Series champion (1997) 2× NL Manager of the Year (1990, 1992) AL Manager of the Year (2006)

James Richard "Jim" Leyland (born December 15, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball manager.

He led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, and previously won three straight division titles (1990, 1991, and 1992) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Tigers' victory in the 2006 American League Championship Series, Leyland became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both the National and American Leagues. He is a three-time Manager of the Year Award winner, twice in the National League (1990 and 1992), and once in the American League (2006).

Contents 1 Early career 2 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies 4 Detroit Tigers 5 See also 6 Notes 7 External links Early career[edit]

Leyland began his baseball career with the Tigers when they signed him as a catcher on September 21, 1963. He spent seven seasons as a minor leaguer in the Tigers organization (1964–1970), but mainly served as a coach with the Montgomery Rebels in 1970 while playing in just two games for the team. Leyland was a career .222 hitter in the minor leagues.

Leyland left the Tigers organization for the first time in 1982 when he became Tony La Russa's third base coach for four seasons (1982–85) with the Chicago White Sox, including the team's 1983 AL West division title, before being named the 33rd manager in Pittsburgh Pirates history on November 20, 1985.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Leyland was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 to 1996. He won two Manager of the Year trophies with the Pirates in 1990 and 1992, and finished as runner-up in 1988 and 1991. Leyland helped develop such All-Stars as Barry Bonds, Jay Bell, Tim Wakefield, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla in Pittsburgh before a fire sale in the mid-1990s soured him with new ownership. Under Leyland, the Pirates went to the National League Championship Series in three straight seasons (1990, 1991, and 1992). The Pirates lost all three of those NLCS, however, with the latter two going the full seven games against the Atlanta Braves.

Although he has moved on in his career, Leyland still keeps his home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon[1][2] where he met his wife Katie [3] and has raised two children, Pat and Kellie. Both attended Bishop Canevin High School.

One member of Leyland's coaching staff while with the Pirates, Terry Collins, the manager of the New York Mets, wears number 10 to honor Leyland.[4][5][6]

Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies[edit]

In 1997, Leyland was hired by Wayne Huizenga to manage the Florida Marlins and promptly led them to the franchise's first championship. The Marlins, in only their fifth year of existence, became the fastest expansion franchise to win a World Series. The Arizona Diamondbacks surpassed the Marlins when they won the World Series in 2001, their fourth season.

In the offseason, Huizenga dismantled the team in what became known as "the fire sale." After Game 7, when asked about rumors that he might retire if Huizenga sold the franchise, Leyland quipped, "My wife doesn't like me that much. I can't retire."[7] Leyland indeed remained as the manager, but resigned after the 1998 season, when the Marlins went 54-108. At his press conference, Leyland remarked that he thought his job was to win championships, but that apparently was not what Huizenga wanted.[citation needed] Leyland was subsequently hired by the Colorado Rockies for the 1999 season, walking away from the final two years of his contract.

When he left managing after the 1999 season, he became a Pittsburgh-based scout for the St. Louis Cardinals.[8] He was often seen sitting in the stands at PNC Park with fellow ex-Pirates manager Chuck Tanner.[citation needed]

Detroit Tigers[edit] Leyland in Tigers' dugout at Dodger Stadium, June 22, 2011 Leyland hits balls to Miguel Cabrera during pregame warmups at Kauffman Stadium, June 4, 2010

In 2005, Leyland returned to the franchise with which he spent the first 18 years of his professional baseball career, managing in the AL for the first time. Following the release of Alan Trammell as the manager of the Tigers on October 3, 2005, Leyland was immediately named a top contender to replace him for the 2006 season.[citation needed] "It's well known that I interviewed with Philadelphia last winter, and I'd like to manage again," Leyland said in September 2005. He was announced as the new Tigers manager on October 4, 2005.[9]

In the 2006 regular season, Leyland guided the Tigers to a 95–67 record, the Tigers' best season since 1987. The Tigers entered the playoffs as a wild card, and went on to defeat the New York Yankees and sweep the Oakland Athletics to win the American League pennant. Many people chose the Tigers to win the 2006 World Series[citation needed], although they ultimately lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. In leading the team to the AL pennant, he became the seventh manager to win pennants in both major leagues, joining Joe McCarthy, Yogi Berra, Alvin Dark, Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams, and Tony La Russa. After the 2006 season ended, Leyland was recognized with the Manager of the Year award for the third time in his career. He became the third person to win the award in both leagues, joining La Russa and Bobby Cox. Leyland also won The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award for the American League in 2006.

On October 2, 2007, the Tigers extended Leyland's contract through the 2009 season. Despite a disappointing 2008 season, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski announced on September 24, 2008, that Leyland would be back for the 2009 season.[10]

On June 19, 2009, the Tigers extended Leyland's contract through the 2011 season.[11] On August 8, 2011, the Tigers extended Leyland's contract through the 2012 season.[12]

In 2011, Leyland led the Tigers to another 95-67 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division. They went on to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series before losing to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

On May 1, 2012, Leyland gained his 1,600th victory as a major league manager, passing Tommy Lasorda on the all-time wins list.[13] In 2012, Leyland led the Tigers to an 88-74 regular season record, winning the American League Central Division. On that team, Tiger third baseman Miguel Cabrera was the American League Triple Crown winner that season. This was the first Triple Crown winner in Major League Baseball since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. When the Tigers won the AL Central for the second consecutive season, Leyland became the only Tigers manager besides Hughie Jennings to lead Detroit to the postseason three times.

In the 2012 postseason, Detroit defeated the Athletics in a five-game ALDS. On October 18, 2012, Leyland led the Detroit Tigers to the World Series in a sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Detroit was swept in the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Giants. They were shut out twice, the same number as in the entire 162-game regular season, and had a team batting average of .165.

On October 30, 2012, Leyland signed another one-year contract with the Tigers to manage for the 2013 season.[14]

On September 25, 2013, Leyland won his 700th game with the Tigers. With the 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers clinched their third consecutive American League Central Division title. [15] Leyland joins former coach Tony La Russa as the only managers who have led two different MLB franchises to three consecutive division titles.

On October 21, 2013, Leyland stepped down as the manager of the Tigers. Leyland noted that he will accept a different position, and would remain a part of the organization.[16]

See also[edit] Biography portal Baseball portal List of Detroit Tigers managers List of Major League Baseball managers in 2006 List of Major League Baseball managers in 2007 List of Major League Baseball managers in 2008 List of Major League Baseball managers in 2009 List of Major League Baseball managers in 2010 Notes[edit] ^ Dvorchak, Robert (November 2, 2004). "Leyland awaiting Phillies' decision". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  ^ "Drama and nostalgia hold the front row seats at stadium exit". Old.post-gazette.com. 2000-10-02. Retrieved 2013-07-07.  ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=I-YhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eGQEAAAAIBAJ&dq=leyland%20introduced%20as%20pirates%20manager&pg=4472%2C241662][http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PN8cAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IGQEAAAAIBAJ&dq=leyland%20introduced%20as%20pirates%20manager&pg=3890%2C6431632 ^ Rumberg, Howe (November 23, 2010). "Terry Collins introduced as Mets' manager". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ Rubin, Adam (December 8, 2010). "Leyland praises Collins". ESPNNewYork.com. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ Rubin, Adam (November 23, 2010). "TC on No. 10". ESPNNewYork.com. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ Kiszla, Mark (October 27, 1997). "Passionate man the last of a breed". Denver Post. p. C-01.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help) ^ "PLUS: BASEBALL – ST. LOUIS; Leyland to Scout". Nytimes.com. December 1, 1999. Retrieved October 7, 2011.  ^ "Tigers pounce quickly, hire Leyland to manage". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 4, 2005. Retrieved October 16, 2013.  ^ By Jason Beck / MLB.com (September 26, 2011). "Tigers sign Leyland through 2009". Detroit.tigers.mlb.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011.  ^ "Leyland signs two-year extension". ESPN. June 19, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2011.  ^ "Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland to stay". ESPN. August 8, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.  ^ "Austin Jackson's 4 hits, Rick Porcello's pitching lead Tigers over Royals". espn.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012.  ^ "Tigers bringing back Jim Leyland, coaches for 2013". Retrieved October 30, 2012.  ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/bbo-tigers-twins-writethru-idUSMTZE99QPEK1RK20130926 ^ Leyland steps down after eight years with Tigers MLB.com, October 21, 2013 External links[edit] Jim Leyland managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com "Why Isn't This Man Smiling?" – biographical article from ESPN.com Official Detroit Tigers biography Jim Leyland Ejection No Apologies Needed for 2012 v t e Pittsburgh Pirates managers Al Pratt (1882–1883) Ormond Butler (1883) Joe Battin (1883–1884) Denny McKnight (1884) Bob Ferguson (1884) George Creamer (1884) Horace Phillips (1885–1889) Fred Dunlap (1889) Ned Hanlon (1889) Guy Hecker (1890) Bill McGunnigle (1891) Ned Hanlon (1891) Tom Burns (1892) Al Buckenberger (1892–1894) Connie Mack (1894–1896) Patsy Donovan (1897) Bill Watkins (1898–1899) Patsy Donovan (1899) Fred Clarke (1900–1915) Nixey Callahan (1916–1917) Honus Wagner (1917) Hugo Bezdek (1917–1919) George Gibson (1920–1922) Bill McKechnie (1922–1926) Donie Bush (1927–1929) Jewel Ens (1929–1931) George Gibson (1932–1934) Pie Traynor (1934–1939) Frankie Frisch (1940–1946) Spud Davis (1946) Billy Herman (1947) Bill Burwell (1947) Billy Meyer (1948–1952) Fred Haney (1953–1955) Bobby Bragan (1956–1957) Danny Murtaugh (1957–1964) Harry Walker (1965–1967) Danny Murtaugh (1967) Larry Shepard (1968–1969) Alex Grammas (1969) Danny Murtaugh (1970–1971) Bill Virdon (1972–1973) Danny Murtaugh (1973–1976) Chuck Tanner (1977–1985) Jim Leyland (1986–1996) Gene Lamont (1997–2000) Lloyd McClendon (2001–2005) Pete Mackanin (2005) Jim Tracy (2006–2007) John Russell (2008–2010) Clint Hurdle (2011–) v t e Miami Marlins managers Rene Lachemann (1993–1996) Cookie Rojas (1996) John Boles (1996) Jim Leyland (1997–1998) John Boles (1999–2001) Tony Pérez (2001) Jeff Torborg (2002–2003) Jack McKeon (2003–2005) Joe Girardi (2006) Fredi González (2007–2010) Edwin Rodríguez (2010–2011) Brandon Hyde (2011) Jack McKeon (2011) Ozzie Guillén (2012) Mike Redmond (2013–) v t e Colorado Rockies managers Don Baylor (1993–1998) Jim Leyland (1999) Buddy Bell (2000–2002) Clint Hurdle (2002–2009) Jim Tracy (2009–2012) Walt Weiss (2013–) v t e Detroit Tigers managers Bob Glenalvin (1894) George Van Haltren (1895) Con Strouthers (1895–1896) George Stallings (1896) Bob Allen (1897) Frank Graves (1897–1898) Ollie Beard (1898) Tony Mullane (1898) George Stallings (1898-1901) Frank Dwyer (1902) Ed Barrow (1903–1904) Bobby Lowe (1904) Bill Armour (1905–1906) Hughie Jennings (1907–1920) Ty Cobb (1921–1926) George Moriarty (1927–1928) Bucky Harris (1929–1933) Del Baker (1933) Mickey Cochrane (1934–1937) Del Baker (1936) Cy Perkins (1937) Del Baker (1937) Mickey Cochrane (1938) Del Baker (1938–1942) Steve O'Neill (1943–1948) Red Rolfe (1949–1952) Fred Hutchinson (1952–1954) Bucky Harris (1955–1956) Jack Tighe (1957–1958) Bill Norman (1958–1959) Jimmy Dykes (1959–1960) Billy Hitchcock (1960) Joe Gordon (1960) Bob Scheffing (1961–1963) Chuck Dressen (1963–1964) Bob Swift (1965) Chuck Dressen (1965–1966) Frank Skaff (1966) Bob Swift (1966) Mayo Smith (1967–1970) Billy Martin (1971–1973) Joe Schultz (1973) Ralph Houk (1974–1978) Les Moss (1979) Dick Tracewski (1979) Sparky Anderson (1979–1995) Buddy Bell (1996–1998) Larry Parrish (1998–1999) Phil Garner (2000–2002) Luis Pujols (2002) Alan Trammell (2003–2005) Jim Leyland (2006–2013) v t e Florida Marlins 1997 World Series Champions 7 Kurt Abbott 8 Jim Eisenreich 9 Gregg Zaun 10 Gary Sheffield 14 John Wehner 15 Cliff Floyd 16 Edgar Rentería 18 Moisés Alou 19 Jeff Conine 20 Darren Daulton 22 Devon White 23 Charles Johnson 24 Bobby Bonilla 25 Al Leiter 26 Alex Arias 27 Kevin Brown 28 John Cangelosi 30 Craig Counsell 31 Robb Nen 39 Jay Powell 41 Tony Saunders 42 Dennis Cook 49 Félix Heredia 52 Ed Vosberg 57 Antonio Alfonseca 61 Liván Hernández (World Series MVP) Manager 11 Jim Leyland Coaches Rich Donnelly Bruce Kimm Jerry Manuel Milt May Larry Rothschild Tommy Sandt Regular season 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Jim Leyland retires as Tigers manager; is Hall of Fame in his future? | The Strike Zone - SI.com Home MLB on SI.COM Scores Teams Stats Video Players RSS Posted October 21, 2013 Jim Leyland exits the dugout after a career that will earn plenty of Hall of Fame consideration Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland By Jay Jaffe

Jim Leyland won six division titles, including three with the Tigers. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Two days after the Tigers were ousted from the American League Championship Series, Jim Leyland announced his retirement from managing. One of the era’s most colorful skippers as well as one of its most successful has decided that at 68 years old, he’s ready to turn his job over to a younger man. His success will garner him strong consideration for the Hall of Fame, but his case may be haunted by the number of times his teams came up just short. Even so, he’s certainly left his mark on the game.

Leyland was the era’s archetype of an old-school manager, as he went from looking ancient at the start of his career to actually being ancient, at least in baseball terms. Prematurely gray – at 42, he looked 20 years older – and known for sneaking cigarettes between innings, he cut an indelible image in the dugout and in front of a microphone. His dry wit and blunt language made him a media favorite, and despite a gruff exterior and a knack for getting his money’s worth from umpires when the situation merited it, he earned a reputation as a players’ manager. That sometimes worked against him, as he was prone to sticking with struggling players longer than most other managers — a particular vulnerability in a short series. He wasn’t afraid to show a softer side, either; here he is choking up when asked by yours truly about utilityman Don Kelly, whose 2011 Division Series Game 5 home run helped oust the Yankees:

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Even with a six-year, mid-career gap in his resumé, Leyland ranks 14th all time in games managed (3,499), 15th in wins (1,769) and 10th in losses (1,728) ahead of Hall of Famers such as Tommy Lasorda, Dick Williams and Earl Weaver. He spent 22 years at the helm of the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers and finished first or second in his division 11 times. He took both Pittsburgh and Detroit to three straight League Championship Series, and won a World Series with upstart Florida in 1997.

A light-hitting backup catcher in the Tigers’ minor league chain from 1964-1970, Leyland soon graduated to managing their A-ball team. He spent a decade as a minor league manager (1972-1981) — handling a young Lou Whitaker, Kirk Gibson and Dan Petry, among others — before joining Tony La Russa’s White Sox staff in 1982. After four seasons as Chicago’s third-base coach, he became manager of the Pirates in 1986. He lost 98 games in his first year at the helm, but the 21-year-old centerfielder whom he stuck with as he hit .223/.330/.416 would grow up to be Barry Bonds, who won a pair of MVP awards and helped the Pirates win three straight NL East titles while averaging 96 wins from 1990-92.

Fellow slugger Bobby Bonilla, acquired from the White Sox in mid-1986, joined Bonds in the top three in MVP voting in two of those years. Alas, the Pirates lost three straight National League Championship Series. In 1990, they fell to the Reds in six games, and in 1991 and 1992 to the Braves in seven, with that last one being the most agonizing loss of all. Up 2-0 in the ninth inning of Game 7, Leyland stuck with flagging ace Doug Drabek and closer Stan Belinda long enough to trigger a three-run rally, with pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera plating David Justice and Sid Bream with a pennant-winning single.

Despite their status as a powerhouse, the Pirates couldn’t keep their core together due to financial constraints. Bonds stewed about his contract as early as the spring of 1991; check out this famously blue clip of Leyland chewing him out at the batting cage (very NSFW):

Bonilla departed via free agency after the 1991 season, and Bonds and Drabek followed after 1992. Though stripped of his stars, Leyland remained at the helm of the Pirates for the first four seasons of what became a 20-year run of sub-.500 futility before jumping to Florida in 1997.

With a roster built by former White Sox assistant general manager Dave Dombrowski, the Marlins — who had entered the NL as an expansion team in 1993 — loaded up on established stars such as Bonilla, Moises Alou, Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield and Devon White. In Leyland’s first year, they won 92 games and the NL wild card. Florida then dispatched Bonds’ Giants in the Division Series and the Braves in the NLCS before winning a thrilling seven-game World Series against the Indians that wasn’t decided until the 11th inning of the finale. Alas, owner Wayne Huizenga ordered Dombrowski to dismantle the team; by May, most of the Marlins’ stars were gone, and a disgusted Leyland resigned after a 54-108 season — something worth remembering when his career .506 winning percentage is called into question.

Leyland signed a three-year deal to manage the Rockies, but after a 72-90 finish in 1999, he conceded that his heart wasn’t in it and resigned. He spent six years away from the dugout, and became a scout for La Russa’s Cardinals. Dombrowski, by this time the president/CEO/general manager of the Tigers, hired him as manager following the 2005 season, the franchise’s 12th in a row below .500; they ran through six managers in that time, from Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson through local legend Alan Trammell, losing a near-record 119 games under the latter in 2003. The turnaround under Leyland was instantaneous; he led the 2006 team to 95 wins, a wild card spot — their first postseason appearance since 1987 — and their first pennant since 1984.

The Tigers finished above .500 in six of Leyland’s eight seasons at the helm, and right at .500 in one (2010). Their 2009 season ended in disappointment, as they blew a seven-game September lead and lost a Game 163 play-in on the heels of slugger Miguel Cabrera’s arrest for an alcohol-related domestic violence incident in the final week of the season.

Aided by Cabrera’s return from the precipice and maturation into the game’s top hitter as well as the development of Justin Verlander into a true ace, Detroit developed into a juggernaut. The Tigers won the AL Central title in each of the past three years, advancing to the ALCS in 2011 and 2013 and the World Series in 2012, though they were swept that year by the Giants. During Leyland’s time in Detroit, only the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Phillies had higher winning percentages than the Tigers’ .538.

It’s not a huge surprise that Leyland is retiring. He had gone year-to-year with regards to his contracts in each of the past three seasons, and began this one as the game’s third-oldest manager behind 70-year-old Davey Johnson and 69-year-old Charlie Manuel, both of whom have since retired. As he said at his press conference on Monday, he left on his own accord, having decided back in September that it was time: “The fuel was starting to get low.” Losing to the Red Sox in the ALCS, when the team was just eight outs away from forcing a Game 7 in which it would have had Verlander on the mound, was particularly crushing. As Leyland said in defeat, “This one hurt bad, because I thought we let one get away. We did it collectively, there’s no one culprit… This is one that’s going to stick with me.”

Leyland will remain with the organization in some capacity next season. Third base coach Tom Brookens and former Tigers catcher Brad Ausmus are among the likely candidates to replace him in the dugout.

Will Leyland wind up in Cooperstown? He’s got a number of things going for him. For one, he’s one of just eight managers to win pennants in both leagues. Four of the other seven —  Anderson, Whitey Herzog, Joe McCarthy and Williams — are already in the Hall of Fame and  La Russa is headed there. Yogi Berra, who won with the ’64 Yankees and ’73 Mets, is enshrined as a player, leaving Alvin Dark as the only other one from the group on the outside looking in.

As noted above, Leyland outranks many enshrined managers in terms of games and wins, though he’s behind contemporaries La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Lou Piniella in those categories — the first three of whom are obviously Cooperstown-bound. The only manager with more wins who is definitively outside the Hall is Gene Mauch (1,902); Piniella has more wins (1,835) and a higher winning percentage (.517) but just one pennant. In all, Leyland went to the playoffs eight times with three different teams; among contemporaries, only Cox (16), Torre (15) and La Russa (14) have more. He’s one appearance ahead of Piniella and Dusty Baker and two ahead of Johnson despite spending a larger chunk of his managerial career in the pre-Wild Card Era, when only four teams made the cut for October.

Leyland’s .506 winning percentage may be the biggest knock against him, but it’s worth noting that Connie Mack (3,731 wins with a .486 winning percentage), Bucky Harris (2,215 wins at a .493 clip) and Wilbert Robinson (1,399 wins, .500 winning percentage) are all in, as is Casey Stengel (1,905 wins at a .508 clip). While he’ll never be confused with Stengel from a tactical standpoint or a championship count, Leyland and all of the aforementioned are weighed down by years in which the deck was obviously stacked against them — in his case, 1993-96 in Pittsburgh and 1998 in Florida. Excluding those years, he had a 1,456-1,297 record and a .528 winning percentage, reasonably comparable to four-time pennant winner Williams’ 1,571-1,451 record and .520 percentage.

That’s some significant “yes, but…” to ignore when considering any Hall of Fame case, and in combination with so many near-misses, it may leave him short of enshrinement. But for all of his heartbreaking moments, he enjoyed far more success than most of his peers, and will stand as one of the era’s most memorable and colorful managers.

Tags: Bobby Cox, Casey Stengel, Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland, Justin Verlander, Lou Piniella, Miguel Cabrera, Tony La Russa Previous Post Next Post 14 comments 14 comments &nbsp Get Livefyre FAQ Sign in + Follow Post comment   Link Newest | Oldest ineedataxi 5pts

Since when does a .506 career record get HOF consideration ?

MidwestGolfFan 5pts

Good riddance.

His teams went through mysterious down-cycles when they weren't hitting.  That means there was something wrong -- their #2 through #5 hitters, all drying up at the same time?  Several times a season?

When something is that wrong in the clubhouse, it comes back to the manager.

Bye-bye, Jim.  DLTDHYOYWO.

cigarsmoker 5pts

Definitely HOF! He was a great manager getting the most out of his teams even when the odds were stacked against him. He was also a terrific person, humble as an individual but able to inspire his players to great achievements. Some of the naysayers point to one decision or another, but HOF is based on more than one or two decisions that proved to be wrong. Definitely first ballot.

Hammer109 5pts

HOF worthiness is best based on gut reaction.  When you say "Jim Leyland" and "HOF," what's your first reaction?  I say yes. He won with several different teams - that says a lot.

ramaoh@comcast.net 5pts

Congratulations to you Jim Leyland for your many years of service and dedication to baseball ! Best of luck to you in the future. From a baseball fan of many years

Dave C 5pts

Mediocrity and longevity have no place in the Hall of Fame

rentistoohigh 5pts

Jim was a mellow guy or he might have challenged Bobby Cox for getting tossed in his career.  I think the nictotine  habit was his stress management.  Jim originated the concept of "bullpen by committee"...rather than a set closer.  With a good group...he was famous for managing as little as possible and letting his players handle it. He pulled Scherzer way too early twice...in Fenway...otherwise the Series would be opening in Detroit...that simple...Jim....it's time to enjoy some fishing and just relax....you earned it....

Steve Moore 5pts

thanx for pulling scherzer while he was dominating, trashing season in 1 swift move

Sportsfan18 5pts

Congrats and thank you Mr. Leyland.  I'm a baseball fan and you made the game much more enjoyable.  Good luck and may God bless you.

djson1 5pts

Definitely a great guy all around (so I hear). A great manager and a long career at the helm. But I honestly don't know if it would warrant an easy HOF induction. There are better managers out there that did not get in the HOF.

JoeGunter 5pts

Jim Leyland as a PERSON was exceptional.  He'll be a HOF'er for his accomplishments (obviously), but this guy was special all around.

JoeGunter 5pts

First ballot HOF, no question.

riley8 5pts

@JoeGunter I can think of 1,728 reason he won't be a first ballot HOF.  Unlikely he will make it at all.

Dave C 5pts

@riley8 @JoeGunter I agree he w\on only 41 games more than he lost and had some great teams.  he is not a HOF'r in MHO

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