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Tal Smith upset with how Astros fired him after 35 years

Nov 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Tal Smith spent 35 years in the Astros organization prior to being fired last night and the longtime team president told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’s upset with how the situation unfolded.

Smith admitted to seeing the writing on the wall once Jim Crane named George Postolos the president of his new ownership group, but wasn’t officially informed of his firing until after the news had leaked to the media and was let go without speaking to Crane at any point in the past three months.

Smith also made it very clear that he has no plans to retire at age 78 and would even consider rejoining the Astros in a different role.

However, he doesn’t expect that to happen and when asked if he’ll be involved in the Astros’ upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, Smith replied: “I doubt I’ll be asked.”

  1. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    So…is it still Tal’s Hill?

    • crisisjunky - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      perfect place for a BBQ pit.

  2. yankeesgameday - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Hey tal: look up Landry, Tom and see where you stand on the totem pole of the righteously outraged after losing your job.

  3. Detroit Michael - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    He shouldn’t be surprised that he’s dismissed with a change in ownership but he’s got a legitimate beef if he first heard about it through the media instead of directly from the team.

  4. scafeets - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Hey Tal: After trading away Bourne for Schafer, you should take him and his .228 BA with you .If you don’t find a gig, at least Jordan will share his stash.

  5. - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Regardless of how terrible a person is at their job. They should at least be given a face to face when being told of a change in their employment status before stuff hits the media. If you can’t do that you’re kind of Chicken bleep.

  6. cleanslaton - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I would’ve found a way for Tal Smith to come home to all of his belongings boxed up in the yard, next to a ‘for-sale’ sign.

    Tal: 35 yrs, no world series championships. GTFO.

    There isn’t a single Astros fan that gives a damn about his tenure, especially when its length only indicates how long he’s been a failure at his job.

    I think finding out about being fired through the media–superimposes the appropriate ‘We want you gone so badly, that we won’t even tell you personally.’ over the situation.

    Thank you, Jim Crane.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      Like Jim Crane, classless.

  7. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    In mute nostril agony, no less….

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