HOUSTON -- Coming off a disheartening road trip in which they went 0-6 against division rivals Cincinnati and Milwaukee and played nothing short of lackluster baseball, the Astros decided they couldn't wait until the end of the season to make a managerial change.
Cecil Cooper, who was on the job for barely two years, was relieved of his duties as manager Monday afternoon in a move that wasn't surprising, except for the timing. With 13 games remaining, third-base coach Dave Clark was named interim manager for the rest of the season.
"I thought it was going to be awkward to go all the way to the end of the season, come back from New York [following the final game] and make a move," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "I think the practicality of it didn't make sense to me, and the fact we can put Dave in place, we can have a different set of circumstances working for two weeks. Albeit a short period of time, but we may find some things out and hopefully this creates a spark and gets us on a run so we can finish on a high note."
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IT'S ABOUT FREAKING TIME. Now fire everyone else on the coaching staff. Trade Oswalt/Berkman/Lee/Anybody else with any value.
Time to clean house, and by clean house I mean burn the damn house down and start over.