Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15

Houston's interim skipper, a 35-year baseball vet, interviewed for permanent job Saturday

Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15

NEW YORK -- When he was asked about Sunday being his last game, Astros interim manager Tom Lawless bristled and said he's going to have a uniform on next year. Whether that's managing the Astros or working elsewhere in their organization remains to be seen.

Lawless wrapped up his month-long tenure at the helm of the Astros with an 8-3 loss to the Mets in Sunday's season finale, dropping his record to 11-13. He took over Sept. 1 when the Astros dismissed manager Bo Porter, and he's one of a handful of candidates for the full-time job, having interviewed Saturday.

"We had a stretch there we were playing all those teams that were playoff-bound, and we held our own and won a lot of ballgames there," he said.

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.

"Baseball's my life, and I've been in baseball forever and I'll be in baseball next year doing something," he said. "I've enjoyed the opportunity and I've had fun with it, and I hope the kids had fun with it. The players played hard and responded to what we asked them to do, and that's all you can ask."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com 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.