MLB: Houston Astros fire manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura
Monday, August 27, 2007
"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.
Purpura joined the organization in 1994 and directed player development and the Astros' six minor league affiliates before taking over from Gerry Hunsicker as GM before the 2005 season.
The Astros are currently in fifth place in the National League Central with a record of 58-73.
- AP. "Astros fire manager Garner, GM Purpura" — , August 28, 2007
- Danielle Sessa. "Astros Fire Manager, GM Two Years After World Series Appearance" — , August 27, 2007