The Houston Astros have officially parted ways with manager Cecil Cooper. Cooper took over as skipper of the ball club in 2007, following the dismissal of Phil Garner during the middle of the season. The team elected to use Cooper as an interim manager, and his stint lasted somewhat longer than expected. During his time with the Astros, Cooper led the team to a 171-170 win-loss record. I guess he finishes things off on a winning note at least, right? Anyway, Cooper’s tenure in Houston was criticized by many, and defended by others. There was no doubt that he gave the job his all, but a team stacked with talent that includes the likes of Lance Berkman, Miguel Tejada, Roy Oswalt, and others has to be seen as an underachiever when the team has a losing record. The team had recently experienced a seven game losing streak, and this may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. This must have been a rough week for Cecil Cooper. First, Prince Fielder drove in a run that made him the all-time leading Brewers RBI leader. This RBI took place while the Brewers visited the Astros in Houston. Whose record was it that Fielder broke? It was Cecil Cooper’s. Cooper chose to celebrate on the field with Prince Fielder, which may or may not have been appropriate. Rumor has it the Astros management wasn’t happy to see a manager celebrating on the field in the midst of a seven game losing streak. This might have sealed Cooper’s fate.