Jim Leyland's baseball career has come full circle.

The Detroit Tigers hired Leyland yesterday as their manager to replace Alan Trammell, fired a day earlier after three seasons.

Leyland, 60, started his career as a catcher in the low minors for the Tigers. He guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship, but has not managed since 1999 with Colorado.

"That passion that Jim Leyland has had throughout his career is back within him to manage," Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said. "The decision to name one of the top managers in the game of baseball in recent time, to bring him back to this organization, is a very big day for our franchise."

As a three-sport prep star in Perrysburg, Ohio, Leyland grew up in the middle of Detroit-Cleveland territory. His first 18 years in professional baseball were in the Tigers' farm system -- 6 as a player, 1 as a coach and 11 as a manager.

Leyland compiled a 1,069-1,131 record (.486) in 14 years as manager of the Pirates, Marlins and Colorado Rockies. He guided Pittsburgh to three straight NL East Division titles starting in 1990.

The Tigers finished this season 71-91, their 12th straight losing season.

-- From News Services