Tigers' Dave Dombrowski says Jim Leyland has met his expectations

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Tigers' general manager is happy with results of the season, no matter how the team got there.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland's lineup and in-game decisions this season were occasionally maddening to fans, but general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com's James Schmehl that Leyland has, "done a good job."

"He's a good baseball man and he's led us to a divisional crown. It's not easy to do," Dombrowski told Schmehl. Dombrowksi also said that Leyland has met the organization's expectations this season.

Leyland doesn't have a contract for next season yet as he worked this entire season on a one-year deal. Leyland told reporters in Spring Training that he would not talk about his contract situation during the season, and he rarely has. Last season, he also worked on a one-year deal much of the season, but got an extension in early August with the Tigers leading the AL Central.

Leyland has led the Tigers to a World Series appearance in 2006 and back-to-back AL Central titles in 2011 and 2012. The Tigers open the American League Division Series at 6 p.m. Saturday at home against the Oakland Athletics.

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