Leyland wants to return in 2013, and it's very likely he will

Jim Leyland's future has been enough of a question that even some in the Tigers' clubhouse have conflicting views on whether he'll return in 2013.

But it appears at least one option can be ruled out, as Leyland has been telling people in recent days that he does not plan to retire at the end of this postseason.

Some in baseball, and even some in the Tigers' organization, had been speculating that he might, especially if the Tigers go to the World Series. Just last week, the 67-year-old Leyland began one answer about next year by saying, "If I manage ... "

Given Leyland's desire to continue managing, it's very likely he will be back for an eighth year with the Tigers. While the team had a sometimes difficult season, leading to talk that Leyland could be fired, the Tigers ended up winning a second straight American League Central title, and now hold a two games to none lead over the A's in the AL Division Series.

Leyland is still considered one of the game's best managers. When scouts and executives from rival teams have talked about his future, one of the first questions asked is, "How are they going to find someone better to replace him?"

The Tigers had gone 18 years with no postseason appearances when Leyland arrived in 2006. They've been there three times in his seven years and missed out on a fourth when they lost a Game 163 tiebreaker to the Twins in 2009.

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