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Garner And Purpura Axed By Astros

The manager and the General Manager that led the Houston Astros to their only World Series appearance in team history, are now history themselves. Houston Owner Drayton McClane announced on Monday that he had fired team G.M. Tim Purpura, and bench boss Phil Garner. Garner who had a record of 277-252 since taking over as skipper, but the club had a disappointing mark of 58-73 this year. McClane said the main reason he made the change was that the club showed no enthusiasm on the field, and his mind had no fire. Team President Tal Smith will be acting General Manager, and Cecil Cooper has been named interim manager. McClane said he expects to hire a new G.M. in September, and a new manager shortly after that.

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