Jim Leyland is ready for retirement, stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Leyland, who turns 69 in December, helped turn around the Tigers in seven seasons as manager, including three American League Central Division titles and two World Series appearances. The Tigers went to the ALCS three straight years.
Leyland, per reports, told his players following a Game 6 loss in the ALCS at Boston on Saturday night that it was time for someone younger to step in and do the job.
General manager Dave Dombrowski had a press conference scheduled for Monday, as is typical at the end of a season, but Leyland's retirement shifts the focus of the Tigers' offseason.
Leyland was 700-597 (.541) and won at least 90 games three times. He was hired entering the 2006 season to take over a team that went 71-91 in 2005.
The Tigers have a big-spending owner and a roster that is very much set with arguably only two position spots in question going to spring training -- second base and left field.
Two coaches on Leyland's coaching staff, Lloyd McClendon and Gene Lamont, have managerial experience and are expected to be considered for the job.
Leyland is not under contract. He completed a one-year deal signed last offseason.