Baseball legend Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.
Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games. Leyland reportedly made the decision and September and let his players know after their ALCS loss Saturday night.
“I’m going to be 69 years old,” he said at a news conference. “I’m not ashamed of that. I’m proud of it. The fuel’s getting a little low.”
Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. He led them to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis
in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco. Leyland led the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997.
Congrats on an amazing career Jim!