Headed to the showers
And...he's out! Astros fire Cooper
After another disappointing season with no playoffs hopes in sight, the Astros have fired Cecil Cooper, the team's manager since August 2007. Richard Justice at the Chronicle argues persuasively that Cooper, with a middling 171-170 record over his tenure, deserves the ax, though the Astros' issues can't all be blamed on poor coaching. Third-base coach Dave Clark will take over for the remainder of the season, and a new manager search will begin in earnest in the off-season.