In Ken Rosenthal's column this morning, he has not nice things to say about Manager 18:
Good luck trying to predict which unlucky soul Astros owner Drayton McLane will hire as the team's next manager. General manager Ed Wade and club president Tal Smith will offer significant input, but McLane, as always, will have the final say.
The Astros, after firing Cecil Cooper, are more likely to opt for an experienced manager than another first-time selection, according to a source with knowledge of the club's thinking.
The hard part?
The Astros' next manager must navigate a tricky balance — the team is starting to infuse youth but also includes a number of declining veterans. McLane refuses to permit a complete overhaul, limiting his franchise's upside.