Garner's presence sparked run to playoffs

Updated: November 4, 2004, 9:58 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The interim tag is no longer necessary. Phil Garner will remain the manager of the Houston Astros.

In a move that was expected for weeks, Garner was officially retained by the Astros on Wednesday. He was hired just two days after Tim Purpura replaced Gerry Hunsicker as the franchise's general manager.

"I feel real good about this. I feel very comfortable here and with Tim," he said. "I think this is a good fit for me."

Garner, 55, took over on an interim basis after ...

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