|Jim Leyland to stay in Detroit's dugout through 2009|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 02 October 2007 04:30|
Leyland got what he wanted Tuesday when the Tigers extended his contract by one year, keeping him in the dugout through the 2009 season.
Leyland said last week he planned to meet with Tigers president Dave Dombrowski the day after the season and hoped to drive home to Pittsburgh knowing he had two years on his deal.
``We are very happy with the outstanding job he has done and with the leadership he provides our organization,'' Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. ``We look forward to Jim managing the Tigers for a long time.''
During the final homestand, Leyland said he wanted to manage ``for a while,'' but didn't want to have more than two years on his contract, giving the Tigers and him flexibility.
The Tigers finished 88-74, eight games behind Cleveland in the AL Central and did not threaten the New York Yankees for the wild card, in Leyland's second season as manager.
``I have enjoyed my first two seasons as the manager,'' Leyland said in a statement.