View Full Version : Astros hire Jimy Williams as manager

11-01-2001, 03:05 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros hired Jimy Williams as their manager Thursday, hoping he can break the club's playoff jinx.

Williams, fired by the Boston Red Sox in August, was among six candidates interviewed by Houston over the last two weeks.

Larry Dierker resigned as the Astros' manager two weeks ago, after leading them to four division titles in five years but losing in the first round of the playoffs each time.

``There are not many teams out there that have done what we've done,'' Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said Thursday, ``so we needed somebody to take us to that next level.''

Williams went 414-352 in four-plus seasons as Boston's manager, leading the team to the playoffs in 1998 and 1999. The Red Sox reached the American League championship series in 1999, where they lost to the New York Yankees.

Williams was AL manager of the year in 1999.

He was fired by the Toronto Blue Jays in his fourth season as their manager, in 1989, when the team started 12-24.

``The Astros, to say the least, have been a big factor in the (NL) Central in the last few years,'' Williams said. ``There are some outstanding players on this ballclub. There are definitely some winners here, there are some leaders.''

He's the 13th manager in Houston franchise history.