The question, now, is not whether Cooper deserved to be fired. He wasn't likely to return in 2010, anyway. The question is: was it really necessary to fire Cooper with 13 games left? 13 games. Is interim manager Dave Clark going to make a difference in these 13 games? If he goes 13-0 or 0-13 does that impact his candidacy for the full-time job? Does it really send some sort of powerful message to the players if the manager is canned this late in the season?
My answer to all of those questions is no. Firing Cooper with so few games remaining does absolutely nothing and proves no point. There is no reason why the Astros couldn't let Cooper finish the season and then fire him the next day. It is pointless to shake up the coaching staff this late in the season. Unfortunately for the Astros, there are plenty of additional questions that need to be answered as the team begins preparations for 2010.