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Position: 3B/2B      Born: Apr 30, 1949      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

Infielder Phil Garner was acquired from the Pirates in late 1981 in exchange for three prospects. He immediately filled a hole at second base, but wound up spending the majority of his Houston career playing third. His best season with his first full one with the team in 1982, when he belted 13 homers, drove in 83 runs and stole 24 bases.

In the 1986 Championship season, Garner was the right half of the platoon at third base with Denny Walling. He was traded to the Dodgers in 1987 less than a month before Ken Caminiti made his rookie debut at third base.

Garner was Houston's first base coach from 1989 to 1991, entering the managerial ranks for the Brewers in 1992 and the Tigers in 2000.

Garner was named interim manager of the Astros in 2004 after Jimy Williams was fired after the All-Star Game, and continued in 2005 as manager outright. He guided the club to improbable appearances as the NL Wild Card team both years.

In 2005, he became the first Houston manager to skipper the club to a National League pennant and reach the World Series. He was fired late into the 2007 season. He was named as a managerial candidate in 2009 to replace Cecil Cooper but the club ultimately decided on Brad Mills.