Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers’ manager (updated)


There were quips and tears as Jim Leyland announced his decision to step down. (Paul Sancya / AP)

Updated with announcement

Saying he knew he would quit “when it’s time,” Jim Leyland announced this morning that “it’s time,” saying that he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Leyland, as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported, told the Tigers of his decision late Saturday night during the flight back to Detroit from the American League Championship Series. The Tigers lost to the Red Sox in six games. Leyland reported that “they clapped” when he told them and he joked that he didn’t know what to make of that.

Leyland, who has managed the Tigers since 2006, won two AL pennants, three division titles and took the team to the playoffs four times. His overall record during 22 seasons is 1,769-1,728; with the Tigers, he is 700-597. Leyland will turn 69 in December.

Leyland, who was low-key, self-deprecating, emotional and funny in his press conference, said he knew in early September that he would step down and plans to take an as-yet-to-be-determined position with the Tigers.

“I’m not totally retiring today,” he said, “I’m just not going to be in the dugout anymore.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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