It’s been less than two years since the Astros have been to the World Series, but owner Drayton McLane has said it’s time for a change.
Today, the Astros fired Manager Phil Garner and General Manager Tim Purpura. In their place, Bench coach Cecil Cooper will take over for Garner and the current President of Baseball Operations, Tal Smith will take over as General Manager (read The Biz of Baseball interview with Tal Smith). Both positions are being filed under an interim basis. As reported by the AP:
"I felt this was the time for a change," owner Drayton McLane said. "I just think we needed a fresh start."
Garner took over the Astros in the middle of the 2004 season after Jimy Williams was fired. The Astros went 48-26 in the second half and won 36 of their last 46 games to win the NL wild card, then defeated Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs before losing to St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL championship series.
McLane has faith in the lineup that the Astros have.
"When we started the season, I felt we had a great team," McLane said. "The team is there. It's how do we change what's there, renew some of them."
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