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Fired Cooper fell short in Houston

Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:08 pm
 
Cecil Cooper predicted that the Astros would win 90 games. They won't win 80.

If you're looking for a simple answer for why the Astros fired their manager today, there it is.

His expectations, and the team's, were high. Ridiculously high, if you asked most people in baseball.

But the questions on Cooper went farther than absurd predictions and unreasonable expectations, and the disconnect went farther than seeing a 75-win team as one that "should win 90 games, without question."

As pleasant as he could be to deal with, and as easy as he could be to quote, Cooper never seemed to earn the respect of his players. Even last year, when the Astros won 86 games and stayed on the fringes of the wild-card race until the final week of the season, the talk out of Houston was that the players would have preferred a change.

The Astros stuck with Cooper, and he said exactly what out-of-touch owner Drayton McLane loved to hear.

Like the 90-win prediction, delivered during a spring in which the Astros were losing game after game and looking like a team more likely to lose 110 than to win 90.

"I mean, c'mon, we've got what it takes," Cooper said, when the look on my face said I didn't believe they could win 90. "You're telling me we're not going to win that many games?"

They weren't going to win 90. They aren't going to win 90. They're 70-79 with 13 games left on the schedule, and third-base Dave Clark is going to manage those 13 games in Cooper's place.

Category: MLB
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2009 11:03 am
 

Fired Cooper fell short in Houston

Let's remember the Ed Wade who gets credit for drafting Utley, Howard, and Hamels is the same genius that traded five players to the Orioles for Miguel Tejada the day before he was named in the Mitchell Report.  He is also the rocket scientist who signed David Bell and Mike Lieberthal to high-priced contracts as they were already on the downswing.

If Ed Wade went into the 2009 season thinking that Mike Hampton would hold up and Russ Ortiz the reclamation project were going to hold up as middle of the rotation starters, he sentenced Cecil Cooper to death before a game was even played back in Spring Training.

I would suggest that as a GM you get one do-over when picking a manager.  After a second one goes south, ownership has to question if the GM is the right man for the job.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2009 10:53 am
 

Fired Cooper fell short in Houston

I readily admit I'm not up on the insider's view of the Astros and how they've been playing this year.  I know they're weak and their best players are having really off years.

But I do understand why they fired Cooper before the year was over.  For as much as I think Ed Wade is an idiot based on his track record in Philly and Houston, it was a reasonably smart move.  The day you fire a manager before the season is over, the GM should go down to the clubhouse before the game and let everyone know their jobs are up for grabs.  Whomever shows the most promise for the next season stays, the rest get worked into trades that send them to places like the Royals, the Pirates, or the Nationals.  Let them all know that anyone perceived to be dogging it will be gone before Spring Training 2010.


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