Manager Jim Leyland's contract was extended one year and he will return after leading the Tigers to the World Series for the second time in seven years.
Leyland has guided the Tigers to three playoff appearances, two division titles and two pennants since taking over in 2006. He has won 1676 games in his 21-year managerial career, ranking him first among active managers.
Yet despite the success he has had in turning the Tigers franchise around, Leyland, took his share of hits this season. The intense scrutiny his lineups faced on a daily basis gnawed at the skipper. His admitted loyalty to veterans that were not performing meanwhile gnawed at the fans.
If you look around baseball however, no manager is immune to criticism. Mike Scioscia was under heavy fire this year in Anaheim and routinely takes shots despite his success over the past decade at the Big A. It comes with the territory.
The bottom line is that Jim Leyland is the right manager for this team. His players respect him and love to play for him. He has the desire to continue to manage and constantly talks of how he loves the city and the organization. This decision was an easy one.
The club also decided to bring back shortstop Jhonny Peralta and reliever Octavio Dotel, exercising the options on their contracts. Neither decision was a surprise to me.
While Peralta's numbers were down across the board in 2012, he still ranked third in homers and fourth in RBI's among A.L. shortstops this year. He also had a strong post season offensively and with the glove. At age 30, Peralta is far from over the hill.
Dotel provided the Tigers pen with a sold veteran presence. He appeared in 57 games and even at age 38, the Tigers feel has has a lot to offer next season.
More moves to come I'm sure.