Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.
Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the A.L. championship series by Boston in six games.
“I’m going to be 69 years old,” he said at a news conference. “I’m not ashamed of that. I’m proud of it. The fuel’s getting a little low.”
Leyland has been working under one-year contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status. He said in September that he still loved the atmosphere, the competition and his team.
Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. He led them to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco.
Lester to start Game 1
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston manager John Farrell announced on Monday.
Farrell said he hasn’t decided on his entire lineup, but designated hitter David Ortiz will start at least once at first base when the series shifts to St. Louis for the middle three games. There is no DH allowed in the N.L. park, meaning Ortiz will have to play the field for just the seventh time this season.
Adam Wainwright has been announced as the Game 1 starter for St. Louis.