MLB Rumors: Jim Leyland World Series Loss Could Lead to Retirement

By Chris Katje

MLB Rumors: Jim Leyland World Series Loss Could Lead to Retirement

Now that the 2012 season is over for the Detroit Tigers, they have some important free agent decisions to make. Aside from players that could end up with another MLB team, manager Jim Leyland is currently not signed as a Tiger for the 2013 season. After being heavily criticized during the season by fans and analysts, and losing the World Series, it could be time for manager to call it quits.

After Sunday’s World Series loss, Leyland told reporters that he will make a decision soon. Leyland did make one thing abundantly clear, “This is all I can give you: I will not be managing anybody else but the Detroit Tigers next year.”

Earlier in the 2012 postseason, Tigers President and CEO Dave Dombrowski said, “Jim Leyland’s welcome back here and he knows that.” Despite protest from fans, the Tigers have held steady with the manager that has now taken them to two World Series in the last seven years.

Over his managerial career, Leyland has seen stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1996), Florida Marlins (1997-1998), Colorado Rockies (1999), and the Tigers (2006-present). Leyland’s trophy collection includes three Manager of the Year Awards. Leyland won two MOY trophies with the Pirates in 1990 and 1992. After winning two in the National League, Leyland became one of three managers to win both NL and AL MOY trophies with his 2006 win with the Tigers. Leyland was also runner-up for the award in 1988 and 1991. While with the Marlins, Leyland led his team to a 1997 World Series title.

Leyland was the Tigers replacement for Alan Trammell in 2006. Trammell, the former Tigers player and World Series MVP, never had a winning season in three years with his former team. Trammell compiled a 186-300 record in Detroit. The three seasons were part of a eleven year losing record streak.

Since taking over in 2006, Leyland has led the Tigers with a 607-528 record. Leyland’s 54% win rate is his best with any of his four teams. The Tigers manager has had six winning seasons in his seven years in the Motor City. Leyland led the Tigers to back to back AL Central Championships in 2011 and 2012.

With many of the team’s pieces in place for 2012, the Tigers appear ready to repeat as AL Central champs. Leyland won three straight division titles with the Pirates in 1990, 1991, and 1992. The Tigers have already said they are ready to welcome back Leyland to the team to help lead them back to a World Series. The perfect exit for Leyland would have been another World Series title. Leyland could be just as content to go out with a career 1676-1659 record, three manager of the year awards, and his sole World Series title.

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