Lawless to interview Saturday for managerial position

Lawless to interview Saturday for managerial position

ARLINGTON -- Astros interim manager Tom Lawless will interview with general manager Jeff Luhnow on Saturday in New York for the full-time managerial position, he told Lawless has been managing the Astros since Bo Porter was dismissed on Sept. 1.

It's not known how many candidates the Astros have interviewed in their effort to find a full-time manager, but Lawless has the advantage of an on-the-job audition. The Astros have gone 10-10 under Lawless entering Wednesday, though his win-loss record probably won't matter much in the equation.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Astros have interviewed at least five candidates by phone: A.J. Hinch, Dino Ebel, Torey Lovullo, Don Wakamatsu and Dave Martinez.

Lawless will be asked a series of questions all the candidates will be asked.

"It's something you think about all the time," Lawless said. "I've been doing this for a long time for the opportunity to come now, you wish for that and here it is. You take it and run with it and hope it happens."

Lawless, 57, has spent the past six seasons in the Astros organization, starting the year as the infield coach at Double-A Corpus Christi before serving as interim manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the year. He has close to 35 years of experience in baseball, including 10 as a Minor League manager.

"I'm just going to be myself and just talk honestly about what baseball means to me and the passion I have for baseball," he said. "Jeff has a tough decision, and the organization is going in the right direction. I think we can make this thing better. That's pretty much basically communication between everybody has got to be really good so we're on the same page and we're going in the right direction. I'm excited to be part of the organization, that's for sure. I think good things are on the horizon. That's going to be my point."

Lawless has been received favorably by the players, who like his laid-back style of leadership that doesn't put pressure on them.

"The kids have played hard and we've done the things we needed to do," he said. "There are things we need to do better and we know that. Those are the things we're going to preach in Spring Training that we can iron out some things and make it better so our brand of baseball is a lot better than everybody else's brand of baseball."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.