Report: Jim Leyland to step down as Tigers manager
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:24:37 GMT —
Just two days after a season-ending loss in the American League Championship Series,
Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.
The move was reported by FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal Monday morning ahead of a news conference to make the announcement official. Leyland told reporters that "it was time."
The Tigers fell to the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday.
Tigers manager since 2006, Leyland, 68, led the team to two World Series runs and three American League Central titles. He said he will remain with the team in some capacity.
"I'm not totally retiring today, I just don't want to be in the dugout anymore," Leyland said when making his official announcement.
According to Rosenthal, Leyland is stepping down to allow for someone younger to take over the team.