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Assistant Purpura takes over immediately

Updated: November 2, 2004, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Tim Purpura has wanted to be a general manager for over a decade. He never expected to get the job, at least not so soon and not in Houston.

When Gerry Hunsicker resigned as GM of the Houston Astros on Monday, Purpura immediately assumed the position vacated by the man who was the architect of five playoff teams in nine years.

Purpura, 45, worked under Hunsicker in each of those seasons, never guessing that his boss would leave after one of the most successful stretches ...

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