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Jim Leyland Resigns as Detroit Tigers Manager

Jim Leyland has been the Detroit Tigers' manager since 2006, leading them to a pair of American League pennants, but the 68-year-old skipper has decided to resign from his position.

Rod Beard of The Detroit News provides a statement from Leyland at the Tigers' press conference:

James Schmehl of Mlive.com had more from Leyland: 

Leyland also thanked everyone within the Tigers for having him as their manager: 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the decision:

Rosenthal is reporting that Leyland told his players following their elimination from the American League Championship Series at the hands of the Boston Red Sox that he was ready to move on:

Before making the decision, Leyland talked to former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa about how to walk away from the game (via John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle):

Detroit made it difficult for the Red Sox the entire series, and if not for a blown five-run lead in Game 2 of the ALCS, Leyland and the Tigers could very well be challenging the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

The Tigers' starting pitching was great in the series, and Leyland seemed to think that their efforts should have been enough to get Detroit past Boston, according to the Detroit Free Press:

Leyland has been one of the most successful managers in baseball since taking the reins for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. He won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and led the Tigers to the World Series in his first season with the team in 2006 following a six-year hiatus from managing.

Detroit had been in the doldrums for quite some time before Leyland's arrival, but Matt DeVries of ESPN 100.9 FM credits him with revitalizing the franchise.

Leyland is a three-time Manager of the Year, and there is no question that the Tigers will have a difficult time replacing him, as he brought unprecedented success to a franchise that had seen more than its share of tough times (via ESPN Stats and Info):

The talent is certainly there to make a run at the World Series once again next season, but it remains to be seen if the organization can find a new manager capable of handling the current roster like Leyland did.

 

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