Maysonet called up, Cooper addresses team issues.

Edwin Maysonet messed up a bunt attempt in the eighth inning Thursday night and afterward his Triple-A manager, Marc Bombard, called him into his office and said, “You’ve got to start working on your bunting, especially up there.”

Maysonet didn’t initially understand what “up there” meant. Turns out, it meant the big leagues. Maysonet was called up to replace Jason Smith, who, hitless this season, was designated for assignment after the Astros’ loss to the Brewers.

This is Maysonet’s second call to the big leagues. He was also part of a group of Minor Leaguers who was called up last year when rosters expanded to 40 in September.

Maysonet was hitting .309 with seven doubles and five RBIs for Round Rock at the time of his recall. He’ll fill the same role as Smith — a backup infielder and pinch-hitter.

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There have been a lot of whispers about a contentious relationship developing between the players and manager Cecil Cooper, and Cooper addressed the topic before Friday’s game with the Rangers.

Cooper insisted his repoire with the players is fine and downplayed the notion that he’s lost the clubhouse. Here is what he said:

“When you struggle, all sorts of things happen. I’m sensing that’s probably what’s happening. I don’t think it’s a bad relationship. If it is, I don’t think it’s really on me. I think my door’s open. I expressed it all the time. I’m open, I move around amongst my players every day, if there are issues they should be addressed. I don’t feel there are.

“You have to be open, you have to be available and guys have to speak their minds when there’s something going on. There’s only so much you can sense or feel. They have to express themselves.”

Lately, however, the players have been expressing their feelings, largely off the record, to reporters, and not Cooper. They were not happy when Cooper opted not to bunt when the Astros had runners on first and second in the ninth inning in Chicago last Saturday, and some were irked with how he handled the lineup card mixup the other night during their game with the Brewers. Several wondered why it was a player, and not Cooper, who reached out to explain the mixup to Michael Bourn, who did not initially understand why he was being called back to hit again, after he had led off the game with a base hit.

On going to the media with their concerns, and not directly to him, Cooper said this:

“Then I’d say they’ve got a problem. They need to come and talk to me. That’s what I say to that. They need to talk to me. If I had an issue with someone, I would talk to that individual. I would hope they’d have enough confidence and feel good enough to come and talk to me. It’s not like I’m not around. It’s not like my door’s closed. It’s not like I don’t move in and out
of the clubhouse. It’s not like i’m not approachable. I would hope they would come talk to me.”

20 Comments

Riiiiiiiight. And how long to you think “that” player would be
welcome to play for this team?? Cooper is a nice guy. He is
NOT a good manager. The way he vented his displeasure about Towles, Bourn, and Pence last year, was TERRIBLE.
A good manager, keeps his mouth shut around the media…
Cooper can’t do that. The pitchers hate him, and as well they should. He has used and abused this bull pen, like a
yo-yo. Nope nothing will change, unless and until the Astros
get a new manager.

There is no accountability coming from the manager, and that’s a problem.

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JD for Manager!!!

So let me get this straight, everyone but him has a problem with how he’s managing the team, and he fails to go talk to players, but it’s their problem, not his? Sounds like someone is firmly in denial. Good thing they decided to give him that fat contract extension when they were playing crappy early in the year. (sarcasm)

Alyson – Will you Ortiz, Solomon and Lopez please identify these complaining players so we will know who the cancers in the clubhouse are and, consequently, what slackers we need to trade? Thank you – Jim

Alyson – Will you Ortiz, Solomon and Lopez please identify these complaining players so we will know who the cancers in the clubhouse are and, consequently, what slackers we need to trade? Thank you – Jim

jkeys1954……There are NO cancers in this club house. Just
a group of veterans who are SICK of this managers lack
of ability to manage! His coaches are in that group too!
Did you hear Jose Cruz say “I just work here”, when asked about the mood of this team about Cooper??????? No?? Then, you have not been paying attention. Cooper yanks
the pitching staff around like a yo-yo. Ask around….let Ortiz
and Paulino, and Geary, and Byrdak, Hawkins ect.. tell you
how THEY feel. No cancer bud. Just REALLY pi$$ed off guys.

This is a poor example of Professional Baseball. The owner, GM, and manager are all responsible for the failure of the team to win. The players are giving 100%, however, when you do not have the right players even a 100% won’t generate wins. The starting pitchers may have a lot of heart, but the talent has passed them by. If the three musketeers want to salvage this season the time is to act now. If not, the trade Carlos, Roy, and Miguel, get some young talent, and hope by 2012 we will have a winner.

And, if you can’t bring yourself to trade the talent, then at least get a manager who can manage this ball club. Cecil is lost, he has no direction, or any idea of how to run this ball club. I can understand why the players are frustrated, who wouldn’t be. At least Bourn, Tejada, and Wandy are having great seasons, and the only decent addition to the team, Pudge, is paying off. Drayton, wake up, there are a lot of empty seats in the park, until you get some decent players, the problem will continue to grow.

Actually, it would start the week off great if Drayton would walk in, give Cooper his walking papers and hand the command to Jose Cruz. He sure has earned it, and Cooper has shown that he doesn’t deserve it.

The Stros don’t like Coop. Come on Wade what are they paying you for, its time to restructure the team and hire a new manager along with the coaches before we fall further behind. At least Phil Garner took us to World Series.

of course! that must mean that the clubhouse is fine! that your door is always open! He’s obviously in denial- and once again putting the blame on anyone other than himself.
(and like his coaching skills, he apparently doesnt even do the blame game very well either)

If I were a player I wouldnt address my problems with him directly because it could directly affect playing time. How does Cooper not understand this?
He cannot possibly be that dense.

of course! that must mean that the clubhouse is fine! that your door is always open! He’s obviously in denial- and once again putting the blame on anyone other than himself.
(and like his coaching skills, he apparently doesnt even do the blame game very well either)

If I were a player I wouldnt address my problems with him directly because it could directly affect playing time. How does Cooper not understand this?
He cannot possibly be that dense.

I was fortunate to have the chance to visit Houton, Texas over the Memorial Day weekend and attend the Thursday night game against the 1st place Brewers, both a first for me. Great ball park ! In the middle innings, I think it was the bottom of the 5th, the Astros had runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out and leading 3-1. Pudge R. was up with Roy Oswald on deck. Can someone explain to me why Pudge was bunting? The pitcher on deck, pitching well, they weren’t going to pinch hit for him. This decision led to Pudge failing to get the bunt down and hitting into rally killing double play. The top of the next inning the Brewers scored 3 and went on to win the game 4-3. Someone please give me a reason why Pudge was bunting with the pitcher on deck ? In my opinion that coaching decision lost that ball game, if I’m thinking it as a fan, I’m sure the whole bench was thinking WTF.

FYI: having a good relationship with a team or others is “rapport” not repoire. Other than that I got nothing for now.

Bases loaded, Oswalt at the plate, of course any good manager would allow him to swing away and hit into a double play. Does Cooper not realize that bunting is legal in the majors. I truly think we should start a write in campaign to Drayton asking for Jose Cruz as our manager.

I hesitate to comment on this, but for some reason I cannot resist. To me, this indicates that Cecil Cooper is not right for this team. I have felt for a long time now that he does not have the mentality to manage a big league club. Not only have we seen awful decisions on the field, but now it seems he has lost respect in the clubhouse. But, the bigger question is: why hasn’t the front office made a move on this? When will the Astros make a play for a big time manager? I’ve been a fan of the Astros for some 30 years and I’ve never seen them make a play for a big time manager. Please, please, please go out and get a winner!

The fans of Houston deserve better than what Cooper and Wade are giving. The players are giving, the fans are giving, but that is where is stops!! Dig deeper Wade and give us a team and manager worthy of the Houston Fans!!!!

It wasn’t that long ago that we berated Garner and Dierker for leaving guys in too long. Now we berate Coop for yanking them too early. IMHO, the change we need is a notch above the skipper. I do like Wade, I’d just like him much more if he worked for the Cards or Cubs.

I’m not easily impressed. . . but that’s ipemsrsing me! :)

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