Manager Jim Leyland has led the Tigers to the postseason in four of the last eight seasons. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit — Just a formality, right?
Probably, most likely, almost assuredly
But whenever a season ends, Jim Leyland’s return as the Tigers’ manager is never certain until the team says it is.
And without saying so right away, Sunday was the one day between the end of the season and the day on which the Tigers are expected to announce his status for 2014.
“We never talk about it until the season is over,” Leyland said, when occasionally asked about it near the end of the season.
The Tigers also might declare Monday what their plans are potential free agent Jhonny Peralta, who lost his shortstop job during his 50-game suspension to Jose Iglesias, and hasn’t yet proved he can play left field on a steady basis.
First things first, though. Leyland is expected to be retained.
After all, the Tigers have won the American League Central three years in a row with him at the helm. They’ve also been to the postseason in four of Leyland’s eight years.
And it was Leyland’s decision to mix up the lineup before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that knocked