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08:17 AM ET 09.27 | "The last ..." is a phrase coming up more often in MLB cities, and Detroit may have some significant ways to end the sentence. [Thursday marks] the Tigers' final home game of the season. That means that if the Tigers don't make the playoffs, it could be the final home game in the Old English D for several people whose future with the team beyond this season is unclear. ... Manager Jim Leyland (seven seasons): He is unsigned beyond this season. The question has circulated widely about whether he'll be back and whether his return hinges on whether the Tigers win the division. That's a lot of "whethers" in one sentence, but when a manager is unsigned this late in playoff race, that's what you get.

Detroit Free Press

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September 27, 2012  09:18 AM ET

It sounds like Mr. Writer that you don't want the Tigers to make the playoffs so they will fire Leyland. Have you ever thought about maybe it was Leyland who didn't want to talk contracts until after the season, or maybe he has told management that he is planning on moving on after this season is over.

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September 27, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey look, Detroit's back in first

Yup. This article is WAY premature.

September 27, 2012  09:39 AM ET

i love leyland but i would understand why they would fire him. I am a huge tigers fan, and yes they have underproformed this year, but that really isn't jim's fault. He has made some questionable calls this year but what manager hasn't? We get martinez back next year and our bullpen is one of the best in the AL. Get rid of Bousch and peralta and hope avila has a good year next year.

September 27, 2012  09:40 AM ET

But in this day and age, its the skippers fault, always. Its a shame, however, since the players really seam to love and respect that guy. Getting a new guy may mess all that up next year.

September 27, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Dombrowski and Leyland never talk business during the season. Non story until December.

September 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

i love leyland but i would understand why they would fire him. I am a huge tigers fan, and yes they have underproformed this year, but that really isn't jim's fault. He has made some questionable calls this year but what manager hasn't? We get martinez back next year and our bullpen is one of the best in the AL. Get rid of Bousch and peralta and hope avila has a good year next year.

Very very well said. I agree with everything except Peralta. He's still very serviceable, but yea Boesch needs to hit the road (although he gives %100 and he's very likeable). Garcia is going to be a good ball player, I hope he starts in LF.

September 27, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Dombrowski and Leyland never talk business during the season. Non story until December.

You must not follow the Tigers becasue your statement is 100% false.

August 8, 2011 "The Tigers have extended manager Jim Leyland's contract through the 2012 season, and general manager Dave Dombrowski has agreed to a four-year extension through 2015."

JL didn't ask for an extension beyond one year. Listening to his pre game and post game media sessions recently he sounds like a guy who is burned out. These days seven years is a long time for a manager to stay in one place. The guys play hard for him and he does a great job of managing egos of today's players, but it might be time to move on.

The lineups haven't made alot of sense this season. Giving 205 at bats to Ryan Raburn who hit .171 with ONE home run and was god awful in the field is just a terrible managerial decision. At the same time the 2012 Detroit Tigers have a very flawed roster. They also stuck with Boesch wayyyyy tooo long.

September 27, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

i love leyland but i would understand why they would fire him. I am a huge tigers fan, and yes they have underproformed this year, but that really isn't jim's fault. He has made some questionable calls this year but what manager hasn't? We get martinez back next year and our bullpen is one of the best in the AL. Get rid of Bousch and peralta and hope avila has a good year next year.

One of the best pens in the AL? Tigers bullpen ERA ranks 9th best of 14 teams in the AL at 3.77, worst is 4.25 and best is 2.84. So we're a whole lot closer to worst than best in terms of bullpen.

Of relief pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched, Tigers have only one reliever with a sub 3 ERA (Villareal 2.22) and the next best is Benoit at 3.15. Dotel, Coke, Valverde all have ERA in the high 3's between 3.76 and 3.96.

September 27, 2012  11:09 AM ET

I'd hate to see Leyland retire. He's one of the great characters of the game.

September 27, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'd hate to see Leyland retire. He's one of the great characters of the game.

If you can understand what he's mumbling.

September 27, 2012  11:52 AM ET

He's been a great character AND a successful manager for a long time. Nice combination. Hope he doesn't retire, regardless of what happens this year.

September 27, 2012  12:32 PM ET

Leyland stated that" no one would have to show him the door when it was time to go"....

September 27, 2012  01:14 PM ET

Detroit Free Press must figure a close race with the WS isn't exciting enough, they need to throw in some "fire the manager" talk to liven things up a bit.

September 27, 2012  01:16 PM ET

Get into The Playoffs Jimmy Boy after the season is over Retire!!!

September 27, 2012  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Win the World Series Jimmy Boy after the season is over Retire!!!

That's better.

September 27, 2012  05:11 PM ET

He does look tired this year, but this group of players seem tight and would like to see him retire as a Tiger in a few more years than to go somewhere else,

 
September 27, 2012  06:28 PM ET

Come back to Pittsburgh, Jim!


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