TIGERS EXTEND LEYLANDâ€™S CONTRACT THROUGH 2009
DETROIT â€“ The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has extended the contract of manager Jim Leyland one year through the 2009 season.
â€œAfter our conversation yesterday, we are pleased to extend Jimâ€™s contract through the 2009 season,â€ Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said.Â â€œWe are very happy with the outstanding job he has done and with the leadership he provides our organization.Â We look forward to Jim managing the Tigers for a long time.â€
Detroit completed the 2007 season with an 88-74 record, pushing the clubâ€™s record to 183-141 during Leylandâ€™s first two seasons as the manager.Â The 183 wins are fourth-most by a Tigers manager during his first two seasons with the club.Â Mickey Cochrane (1934-35) and Mayo Smith (1967-68) both won 194 games during their first two seasons as the clubâ€™s manager to lead the way, while Bob Scheffing (1961-62) is third with 186 wins.
â€œIâ€™m very grateful to Mr. Ilitch, Dave and the Tigers organization,â€ Leyland said. â€œI have enjoyed my first two seasons as the manager and I appreciate the tremendous fan support from all the great Tigers fans.Â I look forward to managing the Tigers for a long time.â€
The 2007 season marked Leylandâ€™s 16th season as a manager at the major league level.Â Prior to his two seasons with Detroit, he spent 11 seasons with Pittsburgh (1986-96), Florida (1997-98) and Colorado (1999).