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Report: Leyland won't retire after this season

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is working on a one-year contract and he's 68 years old, but he has no plans to retire after this season, regardless of whether the Tigers win the World Series,'s Jason Beck reported.

"I'm not retiring, whether we win or we don't win," Leyland said Friday. "Now, I mean, [the front office] might have different thoughts, but it won't be mine."

He likes to sign one-year extensions so neither he nor the Tigers feel obligated to a contract.

"I mean, I have no intention of retiring," Leyland said. "I feel good. I like what I'm doing. I have absolutely no intention of retiring."

He didn't think seriously about retiring if the Tigers had won the World Series last season.

"A lot of people said, 'Well, if you won last year, would you have retired?' No, I would not have," Leyland said. "That was never in the plan. I don't have any plan on retiring anytime soon, but that could very easily change with how the club does and how [team president/general manager] Dave [Dombrowski] and Mr. [Mike] Ilitch [the team's owner] feel."

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