It’s been less than 48 hours since the Detroit Tigers were swept by the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series, but the organization is already preparing for next season by making sure manager Jim Leyland is back.
The Tigers announced on Tuesday their plans to bring Leyland back for the 2013 season and extended the invitation to the rest of the coaching staff as well. At 67, Leyland currently ranks 15th all time when it comes to career wins with 1,676 and will be entering his eighth season as manager for the Tigers.
After finishing 88-74, Detroit reached the World Series for the second time in seven years, but fell short against San Francisco as the offense had no answers for a pitching rotation that surrendered just six runs throughout the entire series. There were high expectations for the Tigers heading into 2012 after Prince Fielder joined a squad that reached the ALCS in 2011 and there’s no reason why Detroit shouldn’t be considered the team to beat in the American League next year.
They may have fell short of their goal for the 2012 season, but bringing Leyland back is the first step in the right direction if the Tigers want to make another return to the World Series. There’s no question Leyland will go down as one of the greatest managers of all time when he does end up calling it a career and with him calling the shots–Detroit will be strong contenders once again in 2013.
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