April 8, 2002: Randy Smith Era ends
Posted on April 8, 2016
Sometimes things seem like they happened just yesterday. This seems like a lifetime ago.
Little did we know then how much lower the Tigers franchise would have to go before returning to competitiveness:
After opening their season with six straight losses, the Detroit Tigers fire manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith. Coach Luis Pujols takes over the reins on an interim basis while team president Dave Dombrowski assumes the GM’s responsibilities.
I was living in Houston at the time and was listening to the Astros game at work. Milo Hamilton and Alan Ashby were reporting on a press conference taking place in Detroit. Hamilton said something like, “That probably is bad news for our pal Phil Garner.”