Say what you want about some of the questionable decisions that Jim Leyland made for the Detroit Tigers during the ALCS this year. But there's no denying that the 68-year-old has been a great manager for the team for the better part of the last decade. Since taking over a team that finished 71-91 in 2005, Leyland has done nothing but win in the Motor City. He was never able to capture a World Series title with the Tigers, but he did win three division titles and two American League titles during his time with the team.
It sounds like Leyland's run with the Tigers is over, though. The Tigers haven't made an official announcement just yet. But multiple reports have indicated that Leyland is prepared to step down as the Tigers manager today. There has been no word as to who will take over for Leyland. But whoever it is has some really big shoes to fill. Leyland helped give the Tigers team a real identity in recent years, and it's going to be hard for someone else to come in and do what he did. Good luck to whoever it is.
[via Eye on Baseball]