The Detroit Tigers are suffering from a loss of just a World Series bid this year, they are also losing veteran manager and fan favorite, Jim Leyland. Leyland finished up his eighth year as Tigers' manager as the team lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS Championship series, and will not be returning as manager for the ninth season.
During the announcement, the 68-year-old noted that he has just not been feeling as strong as he used to, that "…the fuel is starting to get low," but that he will be taking up another position with the team, specifics of which have not yet been announced. Leyland, while tearful at times, gave an emotional speech on Monday when he announced the news, and expressed his gratitude to the team, the organization and the players.
"It's been a thrill," he said of his resignation. "I came here to change talent to team… And we've won quite a bit. I'm very grateful to have been a small part of it."
Since he took over in 2006, he lead the team to two World Series runs, and kept a winning record of 700-598. As an active manager, Leyland holds the most wins at 1,769.
"I want to retire a Tiger," Leyland said to press. "So long. It's not goodbye. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for having me."
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