Monday, October 5, 2009

Astros players support Clark For Manager

If it's up to Lance and Roy, Dave Clark will be Manager 16.

"I think Dave would do a good job. He knows the game well. I think the biggest attribute is he demands a lot from the players. He sticks with what he does best, and I think he would be great for this team."

"I think he's got the right type of demeanor and presence. I like him. I think he would make a great choice. We'll see. I don't know who the other candidates are, but if they ask me my opinion, I would say that Dave would be a great candidate. Nobody in here would have the least bit of problem with him being the next manager. There's an overall demeanor and overall atmosphere a manager helps create, and I don't know that you'll get a real, real accurate read on that until you get a guy in there for a full season, but certainly for the small window of opportunity he's had, he's created a good, positive attitude around here, and guys are responding well to. Even though our record is not great, guys are playing hard. I don't want to say you dread coming to the ballpark, but he definitely has a lively presence about him. That's something as a player you appreciate."

I'm rooting for him. He's a great guy. I've played for him before [at Double-A Corpus Christi] and just really like the way he handles everyone, the way he communicates and the way he leads. He's a leader. I'm hoping he gets the job."

"Whether we're up or down, he stays the same and keeps us intense throughout the game. He hasn't forgotten how the game goes. He knows how hard the game is at times. He knows when to do little stuff and he has experience at doing it. He's a good man for the job. I'm not the man to make the call, but I'm pretty sure a lot of the players feel the same way. They like him and respect him and want to play for him, and that's what you want. You want somebody you want to play for. I would want to play for him any day of the week, Sunday through Sunday. Hopefully he'll be back, and we'll look forward to it if he is."

"I'm not trying to knock anything that happened before, but I did see more energy and better effort and guys running out ground balls and trying to make every play close -- really just coming out there and having fun. There's just a right way to play the game, that's all. It makes you look good and the organization look good. People pay money to come out and see you play, so give them what they're playing for."

We'll know more about this in the coming days, but I bet the search is going to be ramped up. I imagine Easy Eddie will become a little looser-lipped now that the season's over, but with the Indians - and possibly the Nationals and Marlins - looking for a manager, the Astros are going to be competing for managerial candidates.