Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/13

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Manager, Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
In his eight seasons as manager Jim Leyland got the Tigers close — but not close enough. Two days after their loss to the Red Sox in Game 6 in the American League Championship Series Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowki announced Leyland is retiring on Monday morning at Comerica Park. "I have told most all of you when it's time it's time — and it's time” Leyland said. “It’s time to step down from the managerial position of the Detroit Tigers.” Leyland said he told Dombrowski on Sept. 7 after a series in Kansas City but they did not tell anyone else including the players. Leyland 68 took the Tigers to the postseason four times in his tenure including three straight trips to the ALCS. With a loaded roster including Miguel Cabrera Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder Leyland got the Tigers to the World Series last season before being swept by the San Francisco Giants. This year adding Torii Hunter and having one of the highest payrolls in baseball the Tigers had pres...
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