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Hello, Larry! Dierker hired as an Astros special assistant

May 21, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Larry Dierker #49

Larry Dierker has been part of the Astros family forever. He played there from 1964 through 1976, served as a radio broadcaster from 1979 through 1996 and managed the team from 1997 through 2001, winning the Manager of the Year award in 1998 and winning four division titles in his five seasons at the helm.

But then, after he was fired, there was a bit of an estrangement. I believe he’s held various titles in the organization, but there has certainly not been any embrace of Dierker in the past several years.

That has changed:

I always got the impression that he was canned before he should’ve been and for that reason always had a soft spot for Dierker. Good to see him back in the fold.

  1. kjericho43 - May 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Now this tune is in my head. Thanks, Craig.

  2. jeffa43 - May 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Dierker is the most intellectual Manager Houston has ever had. Ryan just made the best move the Astros front office has made since they hired Dierker as Manager. (Garner did a hell of a job turning the team around to improbable finishes)

    Mr. Dierker always made the right move on the field, and made the most since in the booth. Only Jim Deshais made as much baseball since in the booth.

    Welcome back Dierker, Astro fans have missed you.

  3. kelshannon19 - May 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Can’t believe they canned those sweet black jerseys Dierker is wearing in that picture. Best jersey from that style they used from 2000-2012.

    • mazblast - May 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      They probably didn’t sell as well as the other sh**, so they were dropped. Remember, uniforms now rarely have much to do with style, it’s all about sales.

    • Bob - May 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Yep, that was the best of a forgettable uniform set. Once they ditched the black jerseys, I was ready for a change back to what they should have kept all along — navy and orange. Those are the franchise’s original colors, and I’m glad to see those colors are back.

  4. stex52 - May 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Unofficial word when he was fired was that his superstars (Biggio, Bagwell) felt he “wasn’t supportive enough.” So it goes in the MLB.

    Jeff is right, Dierker is a very smart baseball man. I don’t know what is job will actually be, but he can contribute somewhere.

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