DETROIT Bringing Jim Leyland back for another season was the right thing to do.
Not every Detroit Tigers fan will agree with that, but it's hard to argue with the results.
Consider this: In 2005, the season before Leyland arrived, the Tigers were 71-91 and finished fourth in the Central Division. And nobody needs to be reminded of the 119-loss season in 2003.
Since Leyland arrived, the Tigers have made the playoffs three times, plus a Game 163 in 2009. Only once have the Tigers finished below .500, when they were 74-88 in 2008.
In 2006 and this past season, the Tigers reached the World Series. Although they didn't win either time, as former closer Todd Jones famously said, "You have to be in the World Series to lose the World Series."
President and general manager Dave Dombrowski, meeting with the media at Comerica Park on Tuesday, left no doubt about his feelings for his manager.
"If you sit down and talk baseball with Jim Leyland and you have the pleasure of doing that -- a...