Posted by GameSetMatch on 5th October 2009
Considering the Astros had the oldest Opening Day roster in the Major Leagues and didn’t add any impact players via free agency in the offseason, general manager Ed Wade knew a lot of things would have to go right for his team in 2009.
Wade couldn’t have envisioned injuries decimating his bullpen, team leaders Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt having subpar seasons or even clubhouse dissension, which helped lead to the dismissal of manager Cecil Cooper with 13 games remaining in the regular season.
It all added up to the Astros’ second losing season in three years, something they hadn’t done since Drayton McLane bought the club in 1993.
“We knew a lot of things would have to go right, including Roy winning his normal 15, 17, 20 games and Lance having a big year and Carlos [Lee] having a big year,” Wade said. “Those types of things didn’t happen for us. It was a combination of a lot of different factors.”
Click here to read the full article – By Brian McTaggart of MLB.com