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DETROIT (AP) - Jim Leyland’s career in professional baseball got a jolt when the franchise that gave him his start offered him another shot.
“It’s a great story that he’s gone in a complete circle,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “Adding to him starting out as a player and manager within the organization, his family is an hour away from the ballpark and I think that helps him relate in this community.”
It has been a win-win reunion for the franchise and the Ohio native.
The old-school, 67-year-old manager can crack a joke one moment and turn crotchety the next.
Leyland, though, always makes time for fans in a baseball-crazed town.
“He was taking pictures between bites,” Lamont said. “And, he loved it.”
Leyland has showed how much managing the Tigers has meant to him, getting choked up when Detroit won the American League pennant this month in what was just his latest display of emotion during his seven-season tenure.
Then Leyland probably will try to do it all over again.
Dombrowski has made it clear Leyland will get a new contract when his expires following the World Series, and next year’s team has an opportunity to be just as good as this one with the return of designated hitter Victor Martinez from knee surgery.
Leyland got a one-year deal during the 2011 season that extended his stay through this season. He may ask for another one-year deal after learning a humbling lesson during the 1999 season with the Colorado Rockies. He resigned following only one season in Colorado, with $4 million and two years left on his contract, after losing 90 games and a desire to work 12-plus hours a day.
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