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Garner Re-Upped, Hickey Fired

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Can't say I expected them to fire Jim Hickey. The story at the main site downplays the Hickey firing, while talking up Garner's one-year extension.

Still, the Garner extension was deserved; it may be difficult to say the same about the sacking of Hickey.

I know that he had some talent to work with, but since Jim Hickey assumed the role of pitching coach after the All-Star break in 2004, the Astros have had the lowest team ERA in the NL, and are one of only two teams to have kept that composite ERA under 4.00.

ERA since the '04 Break
Team ERA
Houston 3.83
St. Louis 3.95
San Francisco 4.04
Wash/Mont 4.05
NY Mets 4.06

I need to think about this some more, although why do I get the feeling that we'll be hearing from Burt Hooton?