Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers manager
DETROIT (AP) — A picture of Jim Leyland’s face stared out from the video board at an empty Comerica Park, next to that familiar Olde English “D’’ and a message that said simply: “Thank You Jim.”
After eight seasons managing the Tigers, including three division titles and two American League pennants, Leyland stepped down Monday. His voice cracking at times, his hands wiping away tears at others, he announced his departure two days after Detroit was eliminated by Boston in the AL championship series.
“It’s been a thrill,” the 68-year-old Leyland said during a news conference at the ballpark. “I came here to change talent to team, and I think with the help of this entire organization, I think we’ve done that. We’ve won quite a bit. I’m very grateful to have been a small part of that.”
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