Leyland steps down as Tigers' manager

Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:26pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jim Leyland has resigned as manager of the Detroit Tigers after leading the team to three consecutive division titles and two World Series appearances in eight seasons but plans to stay with the club, he said on Monday.

Leyland, 68, spent 22 years as a major league manager and has been part of professional baseball for 50 years.

He announced his resignation at a news conference in Detroit two days after the Tigers lost the American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox.

"When it's time, it's time, and it's time to step down," Leyland said.

"It's not goodbye, because I will be in the organization doing something," he added.

Leyland led four teams during his managerial career - the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and the Tigers, compiling a 1769-1728 record, including a 700-597 mark with Detroit.

He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997, while the Tigers lost the World Series during his managerial reign in 2006 and 2012.

Leyland said he was not pushed out, but had informed Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski on September 8 that he would quit at the end of the season.

"I don't feel it would be fair for the organization... the players and the coaches for me to go on," Leyland said. "The fire has gone low."   Continued...

Oct 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) talks to the media during practice the day before game three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports