Crane also told reporters on Sunday that the Astros aim to have a manager in place by November, but would hire someone earlier, and that there's a list of candidates that they have in mind. The hiring could take place as soon as the next two weeks, Crane hinted. In the meantime, Tony DeFrancesco is serving as Houston's interim manager.
Mills was fired after a Saturday night loss that dropped the Astros to 39-82, the worst mark in baseball. He had skippered the Astros to a 76-86 record in 2010, and a franchise-worst 56-106 mark in 2011.