September 3, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Houston Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco (11) looks out onto the field before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates during first inning the at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Long-time minor-league skipper DeFrancesco will interview for the Astros managing position this week.
Houston Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco will have the opportunity to interview for the club's permanent position, according to a report on the Astros website. He will be meeting with team owner Jim Crane, president George Postolos, and general manager Jeff Luhnow this week to make his case for the job.
"I feel confident when I'm on the bench, and running the game is something I've done my whole life," DeFrancesco said regarding his opportunity to interview.
DeFrancesco was an 18-year managing veteran in the minor leagues and was in the middle of his second season with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City when he was named the interim manager of the Astros. His new assignment came as Astros manager Brad Mills was fired on Aug. 18th.
The first-time major-league skipper has managed Houston to a 6-15 record since taking over for Mills, who left the team with a 39-82 record.