It all came about when JJO came sniffing for a column on what the next manager of the Astros should know.
"As we talked and I thought, 'What should a guy expect?' I said, 'Heck, I know all these things,'" Garner said, referring to an interview he granted the Chronicle last week. "I decided to throw my name in the hat, and they decided to take it. There’s no special favors. I’m going through the vetting process just like everybody else, and I’m OK with that. That’s a fine deal. I love the city. I like the city. It’s a fabulous city."
“Phil is somebody I’ve known since we both spent some time together in 1981 in Pittsburgh. I thought he did a tremendous job in Detroit and Milwaukee. And the job he did here in Houston speaks for itself. Phil has shown he can work with both veteran players and young players with what he’s done in the past. I’m happy to add him to the list of candidates.”