"We're a fraternity," Leyland said before Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Athletics. "He's a very good friend of mine. We go back a long way. We've competed against each other. He's a terrific manager, and I assume it's just like we fall into those situations sometimes where the general manager, maybe ownership, I don't know, they just feel that it's time for a change. That goes along with our territory.
"But, you know, certainly as managers, we think about that. I'm sorry to hear about it and I wish Dusty the best."
Leyland tried to call Baker after hearing the news, but "didn't make contact."
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