Tigers Rumors: Jim Leyland May Not Return

Sep 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) in the dugout before a game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

If the Detroit Tigers aren’t able to make the playoffs this season, Bob Nightengale of USA Today believes long-time manager Jim Leyland may not return in 2013:

Jim Leyland, who led the Tigers to the World Series in his first year with the organization in 2006, might be the one taking the fall if the Tigers and Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera can't chase down the Chicago White Sox. He likely would resign, or his contract simply might not be renewed if their season ends the first week of October.

As Nightengale notes, Leyland’s contract only runs through the 2012 season. To this point, he and team President/general manager Dave Dombrowski have said they won’t address the skipper’s contract situation until after the season.

Entering play today, the Tigers trail the White Sox by two games in the American League Central. Detroit does have a relatively easy schedule remaining, as they take on the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins, while Chicago still has a series against the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays as well as two versus the Cleveland Indians.

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Do you expect Leyland to be back with the Tigers?

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