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Jim Leyland to step down as Detroit Tigers manager

Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers looks

Manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers looks on during batting practice prior to Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. (Oct. 10, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers, he announced in a press conference Monday afternoon.

The Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs after losing Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to the Red Sox on Saturday. This was the third straight season the Tigers made the ALCS.

Leyland has managed in both leagues during a 22-season career, helming the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers. He has an 1769-1728 career record, including 700-597 with the Tigers, and led the Marlins to their first World Series win in 1997.

Leyland spent the first 11 years of his career with the Pirates, from 1986-1996, transforming them into a perennial contender in the early 1990s with young slugger Barry Bonds anchoring the lineup.

He took over the Tigers in 2006 and led them to the World Series his first season, but the Tigers lost in five games to the Cardinals, who the Red Sox will face in the World Series this season.

After sweeping the Yankees in the 2012 ALCS, Leyland's Tigers again earned a trip to the Fall Classic. But they were swept by the Giants.

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