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Tough week for major league managers. Three were fired in the space of four days - the last being John Gibbons, who was replaced in Toronto by Cito Gaston, skipper of the Blue Jays’ 1992 and ‘93 World Series champions (but without a head job since ‘97).

Writes Neal from Gaithersburg: “Gaston announced that his first move is to put Kelly Gruber in at third.”

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Just wondering (in case Hank Steinbrenner gets an itchy trigger finger): Billy Martin is dead, right?

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Gibbons might not be the greatest manager, but at least he didn’t regale his players with stories of his heroism in the Spanish-American War - or whatever it was Tim Johnson, one of his predecessors, did.

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And finally …

Number of the Week: $516,971.25.

(The amount a law firm - Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz - billed the NBA to interview 57 referees as part of the Tim Donaghy investigation. For those of you scoring at home, that’s $9,069.67 per interview … or more than Charlie Rose makes.)