Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is welcomed back to the dugout by manager Jim Leyland during game one of the 2012 ALDS against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park.(Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)
(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers today extended the contract of manager Jim Leyland through the 2013 season, which will be his eighth as the manager of the Tigers.
He has compiled a 1,676-1,659 record during his 21-season managerial career. Leyland's 1,676 wins are tops among all active major league managers and 15th-most in major league history.
"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 managing the Tigers in 2013," Tigers president and general manager David Dombrowski said in a released statement. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jim and his ability to lead our club on the field. I am confident that you will not find a harder working or better prepared manager in the game."
Leyland, 67, has guided the Tigers to a 607-528 record during his seven seasons.
"Detroit is a tremendous baseball town, and I couldn't dream of a better place to manage," Leyland said in the statement. "The support of Mr. Ilitch and Dave is second to none and gives this club an opportunity to win every year. Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here, I can't even begin to express how much that means to me."
Additionally, the Tigers have invited all six members of Leyland's coaching staff to return for the 2013 season. Toby Harrah also has been invited back to serve as the club's assistant hitting coach, a role he performed over the last half of the 2012 season.
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