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Seeking diversity, Selig backs Cooper as Astros' full-time manager

Updated: August 30, 2007, 9:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros interim manager Cecil Cooper has one important vote in favor of making his job permanent.

In a telephone interview with Houston television station KRIV, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said that retaining Cooper as the Astros manager after this season is important for a sport that has received considerable criticism in recent years for its lack of black players and managers.

"Nobody's pulling for him harder than me," Selig told KRIV. "I think it's very important. ...

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