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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Concentrating on present, Leyland mum on future with Tigers

After seven seasons at the helm of the Tigers, there’s no guarantee that Jim Leyland — whose one-year contract extension, given to him during last August’s surge to an American League Central title, expires at the end of the season — will be back.

“If I had information for you, I would give it to you. But I have none. I haven’t discussed my situation with anyone, nor has my situation been discussed with me. And I don’t want to discuss my situation with anyone, nor do they want to discuss it with me right now. We’re trying to win a division. I’ll leave it at that,” the manager said Tuesday, when asked if he thought about his future with the team.

“I always think about my future. Yeah. Sure. I always think about my future, no matter what I’m doing.”

With his Tigers entering their final, 10-game home stand of the 2012 regular season trailing the Chicago White Sox by three games, has it crept into his mind that it might be his last home stand at Comerica Park?

“No, I don’t. No. That I don’t think about. That’s not going to have any effect on me. I think about beating the Oakland Athletics tonight, and trying to get into the playoffs,” Leyland answered. “That situation will all take care of itself in the proper time. And now, obviously, is not the proper time.”


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