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Re: Astros Fire Phil Garner and Tim Purpura

Whiff!

With my most sincere apologies to Lennon/McCartney:

"I heard the news today, oh boy About the lucky men who made the grade And though the news was rather sad Well I just had to laugh I knew the roles they played Drayton blew some minds out in his office He said the time had come to make a change A gaggle of reporters stood and bowed They'd seen this scene before None of them was really sure if they were really in the know."

Okay, enough levity.

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Drayton McLane fired Tim Purpura and Phil Garner today. Their replacements are Tal Smith and Cecil Cooper. And for some reason, Jose Cruz was elevated to bench coach.

I'm a bit surprised by this move. Not that it wasn't coming, or deserved, but it's a bit late, what with only 31 games left in the season. And I'm not sure what Cecil Cooper has done to deserve the promotion.

But that's just me. -- John Royal

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