DeFrancesco interviews with Astros for manager spot

DeFrancesco interviews with Astros for manager spot

HOUSTON -- Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco got a chance to make his pitch to keep the job on a full-time basis Friday when he sat down for three hours with owner Jim Crane, team president George Postolos and general manager Jeff Luhnow for his interview.

"I thought it went well," DeFrancesco said. "I was very comfortable with them. I left there with some confidence and was happy to even have the opportunity."

DeFrancesco took over for the dismissed Brad Mills on Aug. 19 and had a 7-17 record going into Friday's game, though the Astros were 6-6 in September. He has a 1,235-1,088 record in 18 years as a Minor League manager.

"I believe in my ability and all the training I had in the Minor Leagues," DeFrancesco said.

The known candidates the Astros have interviewed are Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter, and Larry Bowa was in Houston to meet with the Astros on Friday, though it's not know if he's a candidate.

DeFrancesco believes he brings some unique qualities.

"The relaxed nature I have in the dugout, my ability to talk to the players in team meetings and the coaches," he said. "Jeff and Jim want a leader, and I'm hoping I can be the guy that can lead these guys. I'm excited to have the chance to even talk about it."