Leyland steps down as Tigers skipper, to accept other position with team

Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Leyland announced the move Monday, two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games. The 68-year-old Leyland led Detroit to the World Series twice in eight years, and the Tigers have won the last three AL Central titles.

Leyland said in a press conference Monday that he told the players the news Saturday after they were eliminated from the series.

He will reportedly accept another position within the Tigers organization, but that position has yet to be determined. He told reporters that "it's time to step down" and that "the fuel was getting a little low."

General Manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that it's "preferable" to have a skipper with MLB managing experience, but it's not an absolute.

Leyland has been working under one-year contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status.

Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. In all, he is 1,769-1,728 with the Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. He won the World Series in 1997 with Florida.

"So long," Leyland said. "It's not goodbye. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for having me."