ATECH wrote:Sorry I failed to mention Garner. However, as we have seen in the playoffs the Astros have won despite all of the managerial blunders that Garner has made. They are well documented and much talked about. Some teams are able to win despite their managers not because of them.
[/quote]For some reason, I dont think their little run would have occured with Jimy Williams.[/quote]
And somehow, I dont think any of us thought the hiring of Phil Garner was going to be the thing that put them over the top and turn them around. Could it be their run happened because Beltran played more than 10 games under Garner rather than Jimy Williams? If you can honestly say that Garner and his "Bowa mentality" is the reason the Astros made the run then more power to you, but you wont find many that agree with you.[/quote]
I don't think it was so much hiring Phil Garner, but more the firing of Jimy. It allowed everbody to relax and actually play baseball. The team had so many expectations on them, and I am sure the fact that Jimy was ready to explode at any moment didn't help the situation either. Axing Jimy basically signified an end, and removed all the expectations on the team for this season.
Lo and behold, once they relaxed they started winning, and it has nothing to do with Garner. He just fills out the lineup card.
Actually the worst mistake the Astros can make this off-season is to offer Garner a long term deal ..IMO ..