The winningest active manager in the MLB is no longer active.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said goodbye to the fans and media late Monday morning as he officially announced that he is stepping down as the manager after eight seasons in Detroit.
It is a sad day for Detroit sports fans. Leyland came in 2006 and led the Tigers to the World Series in his first season after the team didn’t have a winning season since 1993. In his eight seasons he managed the club to three-straight ALCS appearances, two World Series (2006, 2012) and won three-straight American League Central Division Championships.
Leyland managed four teams (Tigers, Marlins, Pirates and Rockies) in his 22 seasons, won 1,769 games (15th all-time) and a World Series (1997 Marlins).
He was a players coach, which was pivotal given the players that surrounded him during his tenure with Detroit. It takes a special guy to manage a team with Cy Young Award and MVP winner Justin Verlander, MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and potential Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to go along with Prince Fielder, Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta.
It might seem easy to manage a team full of all-stars, but to manage the egos is tall task and Leyland succeeded in doing so.
It’ll be interesting to see where Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers go from here. With the talent that is on the roster who wouldn’t want the job.
Dombrowski wont have troubles finding someone who wants the job, he might have problems finding the right man for the job.