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Leyland to Step Down as Detroit Tigers Manager

October 21, 2013

UPI Sports News

Jim Leyland, who guided the Detroit Tigers to two AL championships in eight years, is stepping down as the team's manager, it was reported Monday.

The Tigers called a news conference for 11:30 a.m. EDT during which Leyland was expected to announce his resignation.

Leyland, 68, posted a 700-593 record while leading Detroit and helped the Tigers win the AL Central Division title each of the last three seasons.

Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs by Boston Saturday, losing the best-of-seven AL Championship Series 4-2. Leyland did take the team to the World Series twice but lost in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and in four games to San Francisco last year.

Detroit was the fourth managerial stop for Leyland. He led the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986-96, twice being voted the NL Manager of the Year. Pittsburgh went to the NL Championship Series three times -- 1990-92 -- under Leyland.

He took over the Florida Marlins for 1997-98, taking the Marlins to the World Series title in '97. But the team sold off much of its talent and lost 108 games in '98, leading Leyland to resign. He also managed the Colorado Rockies in 1999.

Leyland overall managerial record is 1,769-1,728. The wins total is 16th most all-time.

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