22 Oct 2013

Leyland retires from baseball

12:45 pm on 22 October 2013

Long-time major league baseball mentor Jim Leyland has resigned as manager of the Detroit Tigers after leading the team to three consecutive division titles and two World Series appearances in eight seasons.

68-year-old Leyland has been a manager for 22 years in the major leagues and part of professional baseball for 50 years.

He announced his resignation at a news conference in Detroit two days after the Tigers lost the American League Championship Series to Boston.

Leyland led four teams during his managerial career - the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and the Tigers, compiling a 1769-1728 record.

He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997.