Cecil Cooper Made Permanent Manager

Well, even though rumors are increasing that Tony La Russa might be on the market come this off-season, it appears that Drayton McLane is more concerned with keeping Bud Selig happy than he is in fielding a winning team, because the Astros just named Cecil Cooper as the team's manager for next season.

Cooper's been working under the interim tag.

There was some thought that Ed Wade might actually get to have a say in picking a manager, something that baseball experts happen to think is the right thing to do.

However, while I'm not happy with Cooper's hiring, seeing how Wade's last managerial hire turned out, maybe it's a good thing Bud Selig made the choice instead. -- John Royal

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