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FRANCHISE NOTES

          In Toronto, Dave Perkins writes on the Blue Jays hiring
     TSN/ESPN analyst and former Blue Jay Buck Martinez as their
     new manager: "Martinez obviously was the very public face
     the franchise decided it needed as this point in its
     history, as the Jays slide closer and closer to relative
     sporting oblivion in Toronto. ... They need to once again
     draw the kind of people who used to pack the joint, back in
     the good old days, when it was trendy" (Toronto STAR, 11/3).
     Also in Toronto, Richard Griffin calls Martinez' hiring a
     "slam-dunk in terms" of PR.  But "in terms of effect in the
     dugout, the move has the hold-your-breath iffiness of a
     fadeaway 30-footer at the buzzer" (TORONTO STAR, 11/3).
          WHERE WAS JACOBS? In Boston, Karen Guregian notes that 
     Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs was "missing" at yesterday's
     press conference where Harry Sinden stepped down as the
     team's GM.  Guregian: "Once again, the Bruins CEO sent the
     kind of message that has prompted even the loyalest fans to
     abandon ship" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/3).

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