DeFrancesco proud to serve at helm of Astros

DeFrancesco proud to serve at helm of Astros

DeFrancesco proud to serve at helm of Astros
MILWAUKEE -- Tony DeFrancesco, who was passed over for the Astros' full-time managerial job, said Friday he was glad to have the opportunity to manage the team for the final 41 games of season and hopes to remain on the staff of incoming manager Bo Porter.

"I'm very proud of being an Astro manager and taking over the team," he said. "I thought we turned it around a little bit. Our goal right now is to get to .500 for the month of September (the Astros were 11-13 in September entering Friday)."

General manager Jeff Luhnow informed DeFrancesco of the club's decision following Wednesday night's game.

DeFrancesco was one of four finalists for the job, which eventually went to Porter. The current third-base coach for the Nationals, Porter will join the Astros when Washington's playoff run is over. DeFrancesco, who began this year managing at Triple-A Oklahoma City, will remain in the organization.

"They made the right choice," DeFrancesco said. "Bo was the guy they wanted and there were no regrets on my part. No regrets on Jeff when he told me the other day that they were going to go with Bo. I'm real happy just to get an opportunity, and now, hopefully, I'm going to remain in the organization at some point. We're not sure what it is yet."

DeFrancesco, who has a 1,235-1,088 career record as a manager in the Minor Leagues, would like to be on Porter's staff. It's unclear which members of the current coaching staff are going to remain, however.

"That's up to [owner] Jim [Crane] and Jeff and Bo to decide if that's something available," he said. "I think I do have the option of going back to Oklahoma City and [heading] the Triple-A team again to manage that. But there might be other avenues down the road for me -- if it's somewhere in the front office or in player development or a special assistant or something that route, maybe that's a direction I could go."