After a successful eight season run as manager of the Detroit Tigers that ended with three consecutive trips to at least the ALCS and one World Series appearance, Jim Leyland announced on Wednesday that he will now serve as a special assistant to general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press reports the following:
Leyland, who managed the Tigers from 2006-13, said as he stepped down last fall that he would stick with the team in an undetermined role. Today, he told Drew Lane on 105.1 FM: ‘I’m going to do whatever (Dombrowski) wants me to do.’
Leyland’s roles will reportedly include talent evaluation during spring training, visits to the minor league teams, and consultations on any trade or major transaction. Presumably Dombrowski already had a chance to get Leyland’s input on a big trade before he swapped Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler earlier this off-season.
Of his new role, Leyland said:
It won’t be the grind you go through as a manager, but I’m still going to be pretty active.”
The Tigers went 700-597 overall during Leyland’s tenure and won two American League pennants. Given that success, it is surely a benefit to the franchise to keep him involved.