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Cooper thrilled to get permanent managing job with Astros

Updated: September 28, 2007, 8:07 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- With Bud Selig's blessing, the Houston Astros picked Cecil Cooper as their full-time manager.

The 57-year-old Cooper received a guaranteed contract through the 2009 season on Friday, a month after he was chosen as interim manager to replace the fired Phil Garner.

Owner Drayton McLane, new general manager Ed Wade and Cooper spoke with the commissioner on a conference call after Cooper was promoted. Cooper played for Milwaukee when Selig owned the Brewers from 1977-87.

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