Posted October 30, 2012

Leyland signs one-year contract extension with Tigers

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The Tigers announced on Tuesday morning that manager Jim Leyland has signed a one-year contract extension for 2013, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“Detroit is a tremendous baseball town, and I couldn’t dream of a better place to manage,” Leyland said in a released statement. “The support of Mr. Ilitch and Dave is second to none and gives this club an opportunity to win every year. Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here, I can’t even begin to express how much that means to me.”

Leyland, 67, worked this season on a one-year contract and didn’t say whether he had planned on returning after the Tigers’ president and GM Dave Dombrowski said he was welcome back a few weeks ago.

Some indications were made that there would be slight adjustments to the coaching staff, but no details were confirmed:

Leyland, who also took Detroit to the World Series in 2006, could become the first Tigers manager in more than a century to win three American League pennants. He has been named manager of the year three times–twice with the Pirates (1990, 1992) and once with the Tigers (2006).


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