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Houston Astros fire Manager Cecil Cooper

He becomes the 4th manager to lose his job during the 2009 MLB season. From AP-

The Houston Astros fired manager Cecil Cooper on Monday with 13 games left in another disappointing season.

Third-base coach Dave Clark was named interim manager. The Astros were 70-79 headed into Monday’s home against St. Louis.

Cecil Cooper took over as manager of the Astros on Aug. 27, 2007. Houston went 171-170 under him.
General manager Ed Wade said the change couldn’t wait until the end of the season. He added that more changes could be coming for a franchise just four years removed from its only World Series appearance.

“We’re tasked with evaluating all aspects of our situation,” Wade said. “At the end of the day, we’re going to try to address those off-field issues that exist. We’re not walking away from it. The issue we had to address here, in the short term, was the managerial issue and that’s why we moved forward today.”

The 59-year-old Cooper was hired on Aug. 27, 2007, to replace Phil Garner. Houston went 171-170 under Cooper, who was the bench coach under Garner between 2005-07.

Clark will supposedly be given consideration for the permanent job of managing the Astros. I will be greatly surprised if Houston goes in that direction. As for firing Cooper now, I don’t understand why the team couldn’t wait till the end of the season. Clark isn’t going to change the team’s fortunes, but maybe the team’s management is using these games as test for Clark. Again I think that is unlikely.

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