Jim Leyland has led the Detroit Tigers to a 700-597 mark over the course of eight seasons, but based on comments made by Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski, his return is not a guarantee in 2014.
When asked about Leyland’s return next season following the team’s season-ending loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night, Dombrowski replied, “Now’s not the time,” leaving many to wonder whether changes are in store after another failed attempt to reach the World Series.
In eight seasons, Leyland’s Tigers have finished with at least a .500 mark seven times, including three consecutive American League Championship Series appearances from 2011 to 2013.
The team went 93-69 this season, cruising to another American League Central title – their third under Leyland – but after a hard-fought battle with the Oakland A’s in the ALDS, the upbeat Red Sox proved too much to handle, taking down the Tigers in six games.
Leyland, 68, is a three-time Manager of the Year, and has appeared in the World Series as a manager three different times, winning one of the three.