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Published November 3, 2000
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).