It's officially over, the Cecil Cooper Project in Houston. Cooper, who had a decent Major League Baseball career, never could get things going as the Houston Astros manager. Coop took over late last season to replace the fired Phil Garner and made a well-publicized and ill-advised predicted the team would win 90 games this season. Not even close, as a shaky starting rotation and a chronic inability to get clutch hits sunk Houston. Perhaps Cooper meant 70 games in 2009 and 20 in 2010. Currently, the Astros are 70-81 (with 11 games to go), 18.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and tied with the Cincinnati Reds for fourth place in the N.L. Central. Now it's up to interim manager Dave Clark, who had been third-base coach. If Clark has a leg up, it's that he was also successful a ...
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