DeFrancesco has no regrets

Tony DeFrancesco, who was passed over for the full-time managerial job, said Friday he’s glad to get the opportunity to manage the team for the final 41 games of season and hopes to be able 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 (Astros were 11-13 in September entering Friday).”

Astros 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. He’s the third base coach for the Nationals and 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 was 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.

“I would love to stay at the Major League level on Bo’s staff and 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 doing 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.”



Brian, this is a fantastic writeup on your TAG’S line, I think Tony has something he can contribute to the Astros club whether on the field or in the office, but I think he has it and is looking for a chance to prove his has the ability !!                     Ralph


I know this is off-topic, but who are our stars coming back next spring. Altuve and Wallace, I think but who else? — David

Here are the players I think are starters heading into 2013: Dominguez at 3B, Lowrie at SS, Altuve at 2B, Castro at C. I’m sure Wallace is in the running at 1B, though Jonathan Singleton will be in the mix. The OF is up for grabs, though Justin Maxwell will play somewhere.

And pitchers? Anybody? Thanks, Brian! — David

Lyles, Norris and Harrell and probably Keuchel will be in the rotation, with Jarred Cosart battling for a spot. I expect plenty of changes to the bullpen, but Wilton Lopez appears as though he’ll be the closer.

i thought “Tony D” did a fantastic job! getting rid of the “non-hitting” coach also helped tremendously…took a little bit but big changes for everyone! thank you Tony. we think you should be bench coach at the very least!

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