And after eight seasons as the team's manager -- going 700-597 with three division titles and two trips to the World Series -- he said he will remain with the organization in a yet-to-be-determined capacity.
Just not as manager.
"I've had several people tell me you'll know when it's time, and I could start to see some signs," said Leyland, 68, who made several references to running low on managerial fuel.
Leyland, who started his major league career with the Tigers as an 18-year-old prospect 50 years ago, is 1,769-1,728 as a manager, including stints with the Tigers, Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado. He won the World Series in 1997 with the Marlins.
The Tigers hadn't experienced a winning season in 12 years before Leyland took over before the 2006 season. They haven't had a losing one since.