DeFrancesco to savor memories as team's skipper

DeFrancesco to savor memories as team's skipper

CHICAGO -- Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco admitted he'll probably get a little emotional Wednesday, which will be his last game at the helm of the club. He was chosen to be the interim manager for the final 41 games, but Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will take over as manager next month.

"I was excited to get the opportunity and about the way the guys finished," DeFrancesco said. "It's going to be 41 games I'll remember. Hopefully there will be other opportunities, but right now this is where I'm at in my career and I'm happy to even have the opportunity to say I was a Major League manager."

DeFrancesco was in his second season as manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City when he took over for Brad Mills on Aug. 19. Entering Monday, the Astros had posted a 14-24 record since he took over the team, but that was after losing 10 of his first 11 games. Houston was 13-14 in September.

"It seems like everybody has responded well and had fun and when you win it makes a difference," he said. "To have a winning month, that's something we can look forward to as an organization."

DeFrancesco has been offered a chance to stay in the organization after the season is over, but the role has yet to be determined. He said there's no hurry for the club to give him an answer, saying he was looking forward to a vacation with his wife to Hawaii.

"When it's time to decide, we'll make that decision," he said.