Detroit Tigers 2013 Outlook: Leyland, Coaches Back
The Detroit Tigers organization announced today that manager Jim Leyland has signed on for a one-year contract next season.
“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 has been with the Tigers for seven years, and Detroit has won two AL championships in that time.
The Tigers also announced that Leyland's coaching staff - six members in all - were also invited back for the 2013 season. Toby Harrah will be back as the assistant hitting coach.
If the Tigers win the AL championship next season, Jim Leyland will be the first manager to accomplish three AL championship wins in Detroit.