Detroit Tigers Debate: Are the Tigers Making a Mistake Retaining Jim Leyland?

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Detroit Tigers Debate: Are the Tigers Making a Mistake Retaining Jim Leyland?
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After the Detroit Tigers got swept out of the World Series on Sunday night, suffering a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants, which capped a miserable Fall Classic, the Tigers have a lot of questions to answer.

One of the biggest questions has already been answered as Leyland and the team announced on Tuesday that he will return to manage in 2013.

General Manager Dave Dombrowski put his cards on the table in early October, stating that Leyland was welcome to return if he so chooses.

And it appears that's exactly what he will do.

The Tigers made back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time in 77 years this season, and advanced to the World Series for second time in six years, but despite all the success, dozens of analysts and members of the media have questioned whether Leyland is the right man for the job.

From the outside looking in, it's obvious that a manager with the resume that Leyland boasts, should return, but in recent years, the Tigers have increased their payroll, and the expectations have gotten higher each year.

And the Tigers haven't produced a World Championship.

Here are the four reasons why it's the correct decision to keep Leyland, and five reasons he should've gone:

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