"I'm not sure there's much I can do," manager Cecil Cooper said when asked if there was any way to light a fire under the team. "They're professionals."
Some managers, like the Dodgers' Joe Torre, have meetings to remind players of their responsibilities. Others choose to meet with players on a one-on-one basis. Every manager has their own technique.
"I'm not sure that works with a veteran team," Cooper said.
Huh? That's a quote from someone who has given up. Get him out, and the sooner the better. If you can call somebody up on September 1 to see what they have, let's try it out with the managerial spot.