Jim Leyland confirmed today on Detroit Sports 105.1 that he will be a special assistant to Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski heading into the 2014 season. Leyland, who managed the Tigers from 2006-13, said as he stepped down last fall that he would stick with the team in an undetermined role. Today, he told Drew Lane on 105.1 FM: “I’m going to do whatever (Dombrowski) wants me to do.” Among the duties Leyland said he would tackle: ■ He will be at spring training games at the beginning of March to help evaluate the team. ■ He said he won’t be as “active” with the club during the season as he was as manager, but that at times he would be “in a booth somewhere watching the team” with Dombrowski. ■ He’ll look at the minor-league teams and possibly make trips around the Grapefruit League. ■ In case Dombrowski has a trade brewing, Leyland said he may be tasked to look at a player.
Jim Leyland says he will be 'special assistant' to Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers
Detroit Free Press | Jan 8