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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski says Jim Leyland is 'welcome back here'

The Detroit Tigers will represent the American League in the 2012 World Series, and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski assured everyone that Jim Leyland is welcome to manage the team next season.

Jonathan Daniel

The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series, and amid the celebration general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that "Jim Leyland is welcome back here" with the Tigers if the veteran skipper wants to keep managing. With the champagne flowing after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS and the World Series looming, Dombrowski reminded reporters that now is not the time for a full-length discussion on the topic (via MLive.com):

"Jim Leyland is welcome back here. He knows that. He's in a situation where we want him back, and I'm sure that he wants to come back. But there's a time and a place for that. It's not right now."

Leyland signed a one-year extension with the club last year, so he has been working without any guarantees beyond this campaign. When recently asked about his future, the MLB managerial legend simply said: "[e]verybody's known that I want to manage. That's no secret. But we're not talking about me."

He has managed the Tigers for seven seasons, and has compiled a 607-528 (.535) record with the team. Leyland has led Detroit to two pennant wins (2006, 2012). He won the 2006 AL Manager of the Year award, and finished sixth in voting in 2009 and second in 2011.