'It's Time,' Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland steps down after eight seasons with team

(WXYZ) - Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced he will step down after eight seasons with the team.

"When it's time, it's time and... it's time," said Leyland Monday from a Comerica Park press conference.

He indicated the decision was made on September 7, and that he approached General Manager Dave Dembrowski the next day to tell him he wouldn't manage the team next season.

He told his players after Saturday night's Game 6 loss in Boston.

"It really wasn't that emotional," he said through watery-eyes.

While it may be time for Leyland to leave the dugout, the 68-year-old manager indicated his tenure with the Tigers organization isn't over.

"I'm going to be accepting another position. I want to retire a Tiger."

If he does, it will be a full-circle career move for Leyland who signed as a catcher for the Tigers in 1963.

He went on to reference the success he saw managing the team; four post season appearances including two American League Pennants in 2006 and 2012 and two trips to the World Series.

"It's been a thrill," he continued "I'm very grateful to have been a small part of that."

Leyland was named American League Manager of the Year in 2006. His record is 700-597 with Detroit.

He also earned one World Series Championship with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

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