Just when I think I'm through writing about this whole Cecil Cooper situation, I come across something I've not see before. For instance, there's this item from ESPN's Peter Gammons who writes that the only reason Cooper still has a job is that Drayton McLane is friends with Bud Selig: "The industry feeling," Gammons says, "is that Cecil Cooper might have gotten the axe as Astros manager were Drayton McLane not so loyal to Bud Selig, who pushed for Cooper to get the job in the first place."
I like Gammons, and agree with him a lot, and this backs up the old charge that Selig forced this hiring on McLane. Which is why I believe that ultimately Cooper will be fired. Tal Smith did not hire Cooper, and neither Smith nor GM Ed Wade had a role in Cooper's getting the job. He's not their guy. And when it comes down to it, I think they will convince Drayton that they need to put their guy into the managing spot, and they will win.
I don't think Cooper is a good manager, but I'm not sure that even a good manager could win the crappy roster that's been assembled by Wade and Smith. So Drayton needs to not just stop with firing Cooper, he needs to terminated Wade and Smith as well. And it might also be nice were he to stop listening to Bud Selig, because, Drayton, Bud doesn't give a damn about your team.