Jim Leyland Retires As Tigers Manager

October 21, 2013

"It's time. Thank you for having me."

Jim Leyland.

Jim Leyland announced his retirement as the manager of the Detroit Tigers Monday. The news came two days after the Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. At a news conference at Comerica Park, Leyland said "it's time" to turn the job over to someone else. He will remain with the team in a position to be determined. WDET's Pat Batcheller attended the news conference. Click on the audio link above to hear Leyland's retirement speech.

The Tigers hired Leyland before the 2006 season. He led them to the American League Championship and the World Series in his first season. The team returned to the Fall Classic in 2012, and won the AL Central Division three straight years. The Tigers won 700 regular season games during Leyland's tenure. He also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Colorado Rockies, and the Florida Marlins, and led the Marlins to the World Series championship in 1997.