Originally written October 30, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
The Detroit Tigers may have come up short again in the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, but they are not looking for a scapegoat to assume the blame for the disappointing four game sweep. If they are, it is not manager Jim Leyland, who it was just announced would return to the Tigers for the 2013 MLB season. Next year will be Leyland’s eighth season managing Detroit. It is also being reported that his coaching staff have all been invited to return next year as well, including Gene Lamont, who was chastised for sending Prince Fielder home with no outs in the Tigers’ Game 2 loss against the Giants. No word as of yet whether or not all of them will accept the invitation to return. The 2013 season will be Leyland’s 22nd year managing in the big leagues. He took the Tigers to the World Series for the second time in his tenure with Detroit, and he helped turn around what was a really bad team prior to when he took over as manager. Leyland leads all active managers with 1,676 wins, a total that puts him 15th on the career list. With a team who has the majority of its’ key pieces in place for the next season, as well as one who anticipates the healthy return of Victor Martinez, Leyland should be able to add another 90 or so wins to his career resume in 2013. More importantly, the city of Detroit and all of the Tigers’ fans are hoping that he can add another World Series championship to his record. They have come up short twice after two long layoffs prior to the World Series, but the team has not lost faith in Leyland. Hopefully, 2013 will be his year.   The post MLB Rumors: Detroit Tigers Bring Back Jim Leyland For 2013 MLB Season appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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