Deep down, you always felt Leyland wanted to go out like his friend Tony La Russa, the Cardinals manager who retired after winning the World Series in 2011.

Back in March in Lakeland, Fla., I asked Leyland if he was going to retire if his team won the World Series. Leyland was defiant when he said, "Win or lose, I want to manage next year."

What changed since then? Leyland didn't win when he was expected to.