Jim Leyland announced his retirement from managing last week after eight years with the Tigers. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit — Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland will convey his thanks to Tigers fans on Thanksgiving Day.
Leyland on Tuesday was named grand marshal of America's Thanksgiving Parade. The announcement was made on WDIV's 'Live in the D" show — with Leyland saying, "What a way to say thanks to all the Tigers fans and what they did for me."
Leyland announced his retirement from managing last week after eight years with the Tigers.
"I didn't want a lot of fanfare at the time, it was an emotional day," Leyland said of his retirement day, "but I'm very thankful for my time with the Tigers — and I'm still going to be part of it."
But in a unspecified role, not as manager.
"Actually I'm coming up Sunday for four days of meetings with the Tigers," he told WDIV.
Of the World Series, Leyland said, "I'm enjoying it as much as I can, but I certainly thought we should have been there."