Detroit Tigers extend Jim Leyland's contract to 2013

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers made the news official today with the announcement that they would bring back Leyland as manager for another run in 2013.

The Detroit Tigers have announced that manager Jim Leyland will return to the team for the 2013 season.

Leyland, who will be 68 in December, guided the Tigers to the World Series this season for the second time in his seven year tenure in Detroit, and has a record of 607-528 with the team. He is third in franchise history for wins, behind Sparky Anderson and Hughie Jennings. His overall managerial record is 1676-1659 during 22 seasons with the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers, the most of any active major league manager, and 15th most all-time among managers.

Many were unsure whether Leyland would retire after the 2012 season, but he still has the energy and drive to manage, and wants to stay in Detroit: Through a press release, Leyland said:

"Detroit is a tremendous baseball town and I couldn't dream of a better place to manage. The support of Mr. Ilitch and Dave is second to none and gives this club an opportunity to win every year. Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here, I can't even begin to express how much that means to me."

All of Leyland’s assistant coaches have also been invited back by the team, including assistant hitting coach Toby Harrah, according to the team's director of media relations, Brian Britten.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation Detroit.

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