HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane said Tuesday the club has whittled its managerial search to three or four candidates and hopes to have the process wrapped up either later this week or early next week. The announcement of the hire will depend on whether the new manager is working for a postseason club.
"It will really depend on the selection we make, how quickly we announce that based upon where the teams are and the candidates we're talking to," Crane said. "If they're in the playoffs, we might have to wait until the playoffs are over."
Crane said the club has a good feeling about "a couple of candidates," but said the team is still checking backgrounds and references. He didn't rule out the idea of any remaining potential candidates having another interview with management.
"We got a very good look at a lot of different people and we learned a lot through the process," Crane said. "We think the group we have left, any one of them will be a good manager."
Among the candidates who have interviewed and are still in the hunt are Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter and Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.
"I'm confident we're going to get a great manager," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "There's a lot of excellent baseball people that are ready to help the organization. ... It's splitting hairs which one is better than the other. Really, it's about which one is a better fit for the organization at this point in time given where we're going."