DeFrancesco instilling new mindset with Astros

DeFrancesco instilling new mindset with Astros

NEW YORK -- Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco knew what he was getting when he was announced as the team's next skipper on Saturday. But Houston's league-worst record didn't mean much to him.

Instead, his focus has been bringing a new mindset and attitude in the clubhouse, and that began on Day 1.

"I want these guys to feel that I know that it's been a tough season so far, but the reminder is that we're not quitting," DeFrancesco said about a team meeting the Astros had on Friday. "We believe in ourselves, we're going to go out and compete and pull for each other.

"We're going to have to make it fun. Even if we're losing, the game of baseball is fun. But once we get out on the field, we're going to compete and try and execute as best as we can."

DeFrancesco talked about the importance of carrying momentum into next season -- whether he'll still be a part of the team -- and urged his players to view the remainder of the schedule as a new season.

"I look at it as a new beginning," he said. "I look at it from the first day to today as a clean slate for the players. I think it's a weight lifted off their backs, and we've still got quite a few games left. If we can put something together, win a few games, the confidence will grow and the experience will be determined for next year."