Detroit’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday night was Jim Leyland‘s final appearance in the Tigers dugout.
After leading the team to three division championships and two American League pennants, Leyland will step down as manager of the Tigers, sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The 68-year-old skipper reportedly informed the team of his intentions after Saturday’s loss in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series ended Detroit’s season.
Sources: Leyland stepping down as #Tigers manager. Told team after end of ALCS. Team has called news conference for 11:30 AM ET.—
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2013
Leyland, who previously won a World Series ring with the Marlins, enjoyed great success after taking the reins in Detroit in 2006. He led the Tigers to the AL pennant in his first season with the team, which came just three years after Detroit lost 119 games — the most in AL history — in an abysmal 2003 campaign.
In all, Leyland reached the postseason four times with the Tigers, compiling a 700-597 record and finishing below .500 just once. The reason for his departure has not yet been released.
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