TORONTO -- Derek Jeter wasn't exactly scoreboard watching to keep track of the Dodgers' march to the National League West crown, but he had a pretty good idea that Los Angeles had the right man at the helm.
Jeter said he has kept in touch with former manager Joe Torre "quite a bit" through their first campaign being separated by the length of a continent, and is pleased to see the man he affectionately calls "Mr. T." back in the postseason.
"I'm not surprised by it," Jeter said. "He enjoys himself out there in L.A., from what I've talked to him [about]. He said he enjoys it. I'm not surprised that they've been successful, not at all."
Of course, the Dodgers' entry comes at an awkward time for Jeter. His Yankees are headed home for the first time in Jeter's Major League career, a run that -- until 2008 -- had coincided with Torre's 1996 installation as the manager of the Yankees.
The Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday, when the Red Sox secured at least the American League Wild Card, and Jeter has spent the last few days coming to grips with the reality that he will head home after Sunday's game.
"We've got our own issues here, but you hear things," Jeter said. "I knew they were in the middle of things, so I'm happy for him."
At the very least, Jeter acknowledges that Torre still has the right touch to guide a club to playoff-caliber baseball. Jeter should know, and he's pleased to see Torre landing on his feet with little difficulty out west.
"He was always a little Hollywood when he was here," Jeter said. "He'd be in it anywhere he goes."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.