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.