Garner, Purpura dismissed
In a bit of a surprising move, McLane has informed us the dismissal of both Astros Manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Cecil Cooper will be the new skipper while Smith will perform as interim General Manager.
Does this have something to do with the sad spectacle seen during the ceremony in which the Astros retired Jeff Bagwell’s number? Probably so, but the only thing it did was to push forward something which was written on the well a long time ago.
We still have time to gather our reactions and we will probably tell you about it on astrosdehouston.com. However, if one thing is certain is that Cooper, Smith and whomever comes after him will face quite a difficult outlook, with a decimated farm system, a drought of quality starting pitching and an offense which has always been at the NL cellar.
And that’s what made McLane pull the trigger. Yesterday’s fiasco just made it intolerable. Both Garner and Purpura had their share of highlights and low moments (Garner took the Astros to their first World Series, Purpura was always regarded as a talent builder) but it was time for a change.