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.