Will Jim Leyland return to the Tigers dugout in 2013?
Right now, the answer varies depending on who you ask.
Justin Verlander made it sound like Leyland's return is a done deal when he spoke to the media after Game 4. According to MLive.com, Verlander said of Leyland that he's "extremely glad he’s coming back."
Leyland himself isn't ready to carve anything in stone.
"I don't really know that," Leyland said when he was asked on Sunday if he'll be coming back, via MLB.com. "We're going to talk about some things in a day or so, and I'm sure they'll have some type of an announcement. But tonight's not the night for that."
What Leyland did say is that Detroit's the only place he wants to manage if he does indeed end up managing again in 2013. All it will take for that to happen is for Leyland and the Tigers to come to a mutual decision.
If you ask me, it's a pretty tough call.
Leyland made his share of mistakes along the way this season, and he definitely made a few more in the postseason. He scored when he made Phil Coke the club's de facto closer, but he made quite a few questionable bullpen moves and a few questionable lineup decisions on the side. A lot of the time, he seemed to be listening to his gut rather than his head.
However, many of Leyland's faults in the regular season and the postseason can be partly attributed to the reality that the Tigers didn't have an excess of talent beyond their core stars. If the Giants exploited one weakness in the World Series, it was Detroit's crippling lack of depth.
If the Tigers can make it as far as the World Series with no depth and Leyland at the helm, logic suggests that they'd do just fine with solid depth and Leyland back at the helm in 2013.
The Tigers will take care of their depth this winter, and I think they'll take care of Leyland too.
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