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Tigers Manager Leyland to Step Down After Eight Years, Fox Says

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland
A three-time Manager of the Year winner, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland captured a World Series title with the Marlins in 1997. Photographer: Al Bello/Getty Images

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Jim Leyland will retire as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight years in which he led them to three 90-win seasons and two World Series appearances, according to Fox Sports.

Leyland, 68, will announce the decision today, the network reported citing unidentified people familiar with the manager. The Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series two days ago.

The wins leader among active Major League Baseball managers, Leyland has been on a one-year contract extension for the last two seasons, according to ESPN.

The Tigers were 93-69 this season, finishing atop the AL Central for the third consecutive season. Last year the team was swept in four games in the World Series by the San Francisco Giants.

In 22 major-league seasons with the Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, Leyland is 1,769-1,728. A three-time Manager of the Year winner, he captured a World Series title with the Marlins in 1997.

Tigers spokesman Ron Colangelo didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The team has called a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy will become baseball’s active leader in wins with 1,530.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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