Astros Have Fired Manager Cecil Cooper
Cecil Cooper, 59, began managing The Houston Astros in August 2007 after being the bench coach and also guided the team to an 86-75 record in 2008.
The club then picked up the option on Cooper's contract in April, which was supposed to keep him with the team through 2010
The Astro's has only gone 70-79 in this season and went to fourth plave in the NL Central, was primarily a factor in the decision to let Cecil Cooper go. Dave Clark will be the interim manager and Ed Wade the general manager.
"Cecil Cooper has given his all to the Houston Astros," Wade said. "Decisions like this are never easy, but we believe that a change in direction on the field is in order. By making the move today, we will have the ability to evaluate other facets of our operation as we move into the offseason."
Dave Clark, 47, had been the manager for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, Round Rock, in 2008, also managed thier Double-A club, Corpus Christi, from 2005-2007. Clark had just joined the major league this season with the Houston's.