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Tigers extend Leyland, Dombrowski

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 12:50 pm
 
With the trade deadline behind us, August is the month to speculate on managers and general managers who could lose their jobs after the season.

Cross Detroit off the list.

The Tigers extended the contracts of manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski on Monday, giving the 66-year-old Leyland a contract for 2012 and signing Dombrowski to a new four-year deal, through 2015. Both previously had contracts that expired at the end of the season, and owner Mike Ilitch had hinted (but never actually said) that he expected this team to win and could hold either or both accountable if it didn't.

The Tigers are 61-53, and hold a four-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central.

Dombrowski came to the Tigers as club president after the 2001 season, and took over as general manager when Randy Smith was fired six games into the 2002 season. He hired Leyland 3 1/2 later, and the two took the Tigers to the World Series in 2006.

Leyland and Dombrowski won a World Series together, with the Marlins in 1997.

Leyland is 485-440 in his 5 1/2 years with the Tigers, after taking over a team that had gone 13 years without a winning record.

But the Tigers have also spent money in the last few years, and the 82-year-old Ilitch has let it be known that he expects results.

Leyland has preferred to work under one-year deals, saying in the past that he doesn't know how long he wants to manage.

The Tigers also announced that they have extended the contracts of Dombrowski's top assistants: Al Avila, John Westhoff, Scott Reid and David Chadd.
Category: MLB
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