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Good morning, folks...

The Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners last night in a rain-shortened 8-3 victory that included a historic home run for Adrian Beltre.

Peter Dawson offers Three Things from last night’s win, though one of them was opining that Don Wakamatsu was “managing for broke” by pulling Connor Sadzeck after “a shaky first inning,” which ignores the fact that Sadzeck was the “opener” and only slated to pitch an inning.

Of course, the win last night was overshadowed by Jeff Banister being fired yesterday afternoon prior to the game.

Levi Weaver has a story on Banister’s departure, with his thoughts on why Banister was let go, and some quotes from players and Daniels.

Jeff Wilson’s story on Banister’s departure says the players felt that Banister didn’t have their back, and was prone to throwing them under the bus publicly. The S-T also has a story focusing on quotes from players, though no one wanted to go into any detail.

T.R. Sullivan has a story, with quotes from Jon Daniels, about what the Rangers will be looking for in the next next manager, suggesting it will be someone with “a softer touch and less of an edge” than Banister.

Evan Grant runs down nine candidates to be the Rangers manager in 2019, and explains why Michael Young won’t be the guy.

Adrian Beltre says his decision to return next year won’t be impacted by the firing of Jeff Banister.

Mac Engel, of course, uses this as an opportunity to call the Rangers “cowardly” and do his usual anti-JD/anti-ownership schtick.

Kevin Sherrington, conversely, looks at where Banister went wrong.

Gerry Fraley goes through the highs and lows of Banister’s time in Texas.