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08:15 AM ET 10.29 | This much, we know: The Tigers will be Jim Leyland's last stop as an MLB manager. Whether his tenure with the Tigers will continue should be known very soon, though all indications seem to be that he will be back. "I, for one, am extremely glad he's coming back," Justin Verlander said Sunday night after Game 4 of the World Series. "I love playing for him. It's an honor. In my opinion, he's going to be a Hall of Fame manager." ... When asked if he thought he would be back, Leyland didn't make it sound as crystal clear as Verlander did. "I don't really know that," Leyland said. "We're going to talk about some things in a day or so and I'm sure they'll have some type of an announcement."

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October 29, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Gene Lamont is waiting patiently in the wings.

October 29, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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I feel bad for Leyland.I think playing in the cold changes the nature of the game, power hitting gets curtailed to some extent and the pitchers have it a little easier. Makes more sense to work for one run than a whole bunch, which played into the talent the Giants have.

Agreed. The end of October is pretty late to be playing baseball. If MLB doesn't want to have fewer regular season games, and wants to keep all the layers of post-season games, maybe MLB could go back to regularly scheduled double headers.

October 29, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Gene Lamont is waiting patiently in the wings.

Lamont will not be the one to take over if Leyland steps down. I'd say Brookens or Phil Nevin have a better shot.

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October 29, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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Phil Nevin?Wow, haven't heard that name in a while...think he banged out 40+ HRs once.

Yeah, his name is a blast from the past. He's currently managing AAA Toledo for the Tigers.

October 29, 2012  12:12 PM ET

Detroit ALMOST put a dome on COAMERICA park. Go figure!!!

October 29, 2012  12:21 PM ET

Jim Leyland is such a class act. Not a Tigers fan here but a big Leyland fan. Tells it like it is, no BS, just says what needs to be said and stays totally calm. Both him and Boche - two good solid dudes.

October 29, 2012  12:45 PM ET

What coaching credentials are required if taking your team to the world series finals is not enough? Should all teams fire their coach if they do not win the world series?

October 29, 2012  12:58 PM ET

Imagine if this was being played in NY , this could have been delayed for how long with the possibility of the mess they could be facing ? Football is at the midpoint of their regular season , college hoops would be starting and the TV ratings !!! Baseball needs to chop at least two weeks from both ends and restructure the schdules . When you see snowmobile ads that means enough is enough .

October 29, 2012  01:00 PM ET

Gene Lamont are you f'n kidding?!?!?! He can't even coach 3rd base let alone manage a ML team.
IN LEYLAND WE TRUST!! Fire Lamont and Lloyd McClendon (hitting coach).

October 29, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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Lamont will not be the one to take over if Leyland steps down. I'd say Brookens or Phil Nevin have a better shot.

Yuo don't think they'll go after Gibby?

October 29, 2012  01:19 PM ET
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Yuo don't think they'll go after Gibby?

*you*

October 29, 2012  01:28 PM ET
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Yuo don't think they'll go after Gibby?

No way in Hell Gibby would take a job there after the Trammell travesty. I'd love to have him, but there's some bad blood between the owner/front office and Gibson.

October 29, 2012  02:11 PM ET

why in the world would the tigers be looking to rid themselves of Leyland? this guy is a winner, so he lost the world series, at least they we're playing in it. Leyland deserves more than that. Detriot has always been a classy organization, I don't see them letting Leyland gounless there is some real big, behind the scenes issue. if the issue is on the field, Leyland will be back. But I do have to add, this guy has always strirred up drauma in regards to his existance

October 29, 2012  02:33 PM ET
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No way in Hell Gibby would take a job there after the Trammell travesty. I'd love to have him, but there's some bad blood between the owner/front office and Gibson.

Gibby might not be available for a couple years yet...as far as the Hall of Fame goes, Leyland is NOT a Hall of Fame manager.

October 29, 2012  02:39 PM ET

Leyland should be retained with the following stipulations... He replace Gene Lamont & Lloyd McClendon with Phil Nevin (3rd base coach) and Leon "Bull" Durham (hitting coach).

 
October 29, 2012  03:13 PM ET
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Lamont will not be the one to take over if Leyland steps down. I'd say Brookens or Phil Nevin have a better shot.

I was just being facetious. Old Gene always looks like he has to lean against something in the dugout to stay upright.

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