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Thursday, October 16, 2003
Astros sign GM Hunsicker to one-year extension


HOUSTON - The Houston Astros on Thursday signed Gerry Hunsicker, the most successful general manager in team history, to a one-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, which keeps Hunsicker under contract with the Astros through the 2005 season. He had one year left on his existing two-year contract.

Hunsicker received permission to interview last week with the New York Mets for their vacant GM position but elected to remain with the Astros.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to continue working toward our goal of bringing a World Series to Houston," Hunsicker said. "I appreciate the confidence that (owner) Drayton (McLane Jr.) has shown in me."

The Astros finished one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division this year. They have won four division titles during Hunsicker's tenure, including three in a row from 1997-99. Their .541 winning percentage during that span (701-595) is the sixth-best in the major leagues.

"The Houston Astros have been one of the most successful franchises in baseball over the past eight seasons and Gerry's leadership is a major reason why," McLane said.