Clark has what it takes to manage
Ask any player who’s played for manager Dave Clark in the Minor Leagues, and they’ll usually tell you the same thing: they would be willing to run through a wall for him.
Clark, a former boxer, brings a tough-as-nails demeanor to the dugout that was certainly lacking under laid-back Cecil Cooper. And managerial changes seem to always go in cycles: Terry Collins was fiery, and Larry Dierker was laid back. Jimy Williams was laid back, and Phil Garner was fiery. Cooper was laid back, and Clark certainly has outward passion.
“I would have to say that everybody that has played for him has loved him, and he’s a good guy,” said outfielder Hunter Pence, who was on the Corpus Christi team in 2006 that won the Texas League title with Clark at the helm.
The last two interim managers the Astros have had (Phil Garner and Cooper) have landed the jobs on a full-time basis, but Ed Wade will conduct a full search. He’s likely champing at the bit to bring in his own guy, and the decision will be made by owner Drayton McLane anyway.
I can’t imagine Craig Biggio or Jeff Bagwell would get serious consideration, and I don’t think Bagwell would even be interested. I’d hire Brad Ausmus in a heartbeat if I were the Astros, but he might not be willing to manage as early as next year.
Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph is interested, and plenty of other names are sure to surface. I’m guessing Wade will go outside the organization to hire a manager and most of the coaching staff won’t be brought back, but there is no doubt this is a tremendously important hire for McLane.