Given the opportunity that he didn't get in his previous stop as a general manager, Jerry Dipoto decided the best move for the Seattle Mariners was to bring in his own field boss from the start.
That was reasoning behind Dipoto's decision to fire manager Lloyd McClendon on Friday after two seasons. Instead of moving forward with someone who had differing baseball views, Dipoto will start his tenure in Seattle with someone he chooses.
"Everything we do is as a group," Dipoto said. "This isn't an indictment of Lloyd. This is a representation of what we would like to build going forward. That is what we'll do."
The firing was far from a surprise and came less than a week after the Mariners concluded a 76-86 season. Seattle started the year with expectations of reaching the postseason after going 87-75 in 2014, but instead finished in fourth in the AL West.
Dipoto was hired during the final week of the regular season to replace Jack Zduriencik and said he would take his time evaluating whether McClendon would return. McClendon was under contract for 2016.
"This was an opportunity to come into an organization and create a vision and I feel like this is the best way to do that," Dipoto said.
Dipoto left behind a rocky relationship with the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia over the summer. Scioscia was already entrenched when Dipoto was hired in Los Angeles.
Seattle will have its 10th manager since the club's last playoff appearance in 2001.
Cecil tears calf
Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil tore his left calf muscle during Friday's AL Division Series game and might be done for the postseason.
Toronto's top lefthander in the bullpen was injured while tagging Mike Napoli in a rundown that ended the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to Texas. Cecil, who gave up the tying RBI single to Napoli, had to be helped off the field.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said Cecil has a "pretty significant tear in his calf, so that's not very good."
• Commissioner Rob Manfred said it isn't appropriate to enforce pace-of-play rules as strictly during the postseason. Manfred, speaking in Toronto, said he was pleased with cooperation from players during the regular season, when the average time of a nine-inning game was cut by six minutes this year, to 2:56.
• Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup for Game 2 at Toronto, but the Rangers said his lower-back strain was showing signs of improvement. Beltre did not take batting practice and was seen only briefly outside the clubhouse before the game.
• Tickets to see the Chicago Cubs play a World Series game at Wrigley Field — if they get there — could cost at least $3,000. At ticket aggregator SeatGeek, tickets for Chicago's three potential home Series dates are listed for an average of $6,750, $6,754 and $8,443, each more than triple the site's previous record. On competitor TiqIQ, the cheapest ticket for the same dates is listed for around $3,000.