DETROIT - Jim Leyland insisted throughout the latter part of the season that there would be a time and a place to discuss his managing future.
That moment came Tuesday - when the Detroit Tigers announced Leyland would be back in 2013 with a one-year contract extension.
"I really don't know why this is such a shock to everybody, because we told everybody that we weren't going to talk about this until after the season," Leyland said. "It's not even 48 hours and it's done. I think it was pretty much exactly like we had planned it."
The Tigers and their manager quickly ended any remaining speculation about his status, just two days after Detroit was swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. Leyland was managing on a one-year deal this year as well - and he seems comfortable taking his future year by year at this point in his career.