Jim Leyland proclaimed during the post season that he would return next season. Multiple reports now say that the 67-year-old coach will return to manage the Detroit Tigers in 2013. All of Leyland’s coaching staff is expected to return.
The news is not surprising considering the Tigers have twice made the World Series under Leyland. This year they were swept by the San Fransisco Giants while the St. Louis Cardinals swept them in the 2006 series.
“Jim is as fine a manager as there is in baseball, he has done a fantastic job for the organization, and we are thrilled to have him back managing the Tigers in 2013,” Tigers president and general manager Dombrowski said in a released statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jim and his ability to lead our club on the field. I am confident that you will not find a harder working or better prepared manager in the game.”