After two years of underachievement and frustration, Houston Astros boss Drayton McLane did something he should have done long ago. This was coming, but if it's not the precursor to spectacular change, it won't mean much. With just 13 games remaining in the regular season, McClane canned overmatched skipper Cecil Cooper. Cooper seems like a swell guy with a titanic heart for baseball. His players rarely questioned his manners or his faith in God—just his lackluster managerial skills. The former first baseman accepted a gig he should have known was rotten from the start. Finally, on the evening after the Astros were officially eliminated from playoff contention, McLane pulled the plug on the cacophony. Monday afternoon became a coop for "Coop." He became the convenient fall guy f ...
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