The Detroit Tigers have extended manager Jim Leyland’s contract through next season, two days after being outscored 16-6 in a World Series sweep by the San Francisco Giants.
Leyland, 67, will return for his 22nd season as a Major League Baseball manager and eighth in Detroit, the team said in an e-mailed release. His 1,676 wins are most among active managers and 15th all-time.
“Jim is as fine a manager as there is in baseball, he has done a fantastic job for the organization and we are thrilled to have him back,” Tigers President and Chief Executive David Dombrowski said in the statement. “I am confident that you will not find a harder working or better prepared manager in the game.”
The Tigers have been to the playoffs three times since Leyland took over before the 2006 season, and have won the American League Central division each of the past two years. Leyland also took the Tigers to the World Series in 2006, when the team lost in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Tigers have also invited all six members of Leyland’s coaching staff to return next season, the release said.
Leyland managed the 1997 Florida Marlins to the World Series championship.