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Monday, November 01, 2004

Marcia Wallace Day

Happy birthday, Mrs. Krabappel. There's nothing to talk about, so I'll just go ahead and start speculating, if that's okay.

Houston Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker stepped down today. It seems like everyone else who quits or gets fired is immediately a leading candidate to own, manage, or generally manage our beloved Washington Whatevers, so here's another one. Hunsicker will continue with Houston as an advisor, but there are ways around that. Hell, Pat Gillick is still an advisor to the Mariners, but that hasn't stopped him from openly campaigning for this job.

Hunsicker would be okay with me. His record is mixed (leaving Bobby Abreu unprotected in the expansion draft is a doozy), but he seems to have drafted well (Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Wade Miller). The Astros made the playoffs five times over his nine years of his tenure, and you can't argue with that. Keep in mind, though, that there's no reason to think he wants to be our GM. Apparently his wife is battling cancer, so he might just want some time off. This MLB.com story has more details, but nothing about why he quit.

That's all I've got. Brad Wilkerson's in Japan. He's playing 1B, in the "biennial Japan All-Star Series," but I don't know if that means anything. I remember a while ago they showed some of this ESPN, and I hope they do it again.

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