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Astros tab Tony DeFrancesco as interim manager

Aug 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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From Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle comes word that the Astros have promoted Tony DeFrancesco from his post as manager of the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks to the position of interim manager at the major league level.

DeFrancesco, who’s never managed in the bigs but served as the A’s third base coach in 2008, is filling the spot left vacant by Brad Mills’ firing. He has not been guaranteed anything beyond the 2012 season but told reporters Sunday morning that he wants to be “the guy who changes the environment out there.”

The Astros have also named Dan Radison as interim first base coach and Ty Van Burkleo as interim hitting coach after firing first base coach Bobby Meachem and hitting coach Mike Barnett alongside Mills late Saturday night. Houston enters play Sunday against the Diamondbacks with an MLB-worst 39-82 record.

  1. hushbrother - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I do love that name, Ty Van Burkleo.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    DeFrancesco still won’t be managing at the major league level, but it will be a nice change of scene for him. Hint: try the salt and pepper crab at Kim Son on Jefferson. You can walk there from the stadium after a humiliation.

    • stex52 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      I don’t know DeFrancesco at all, but he must not be very bright. As you say, maybe he would just like the restaurant scene in downtown for a couple of months.

  3. timb12 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    I’m sure this will turn things around for the Astros. Is it too late to make a push for the playoffs?

  4. stackers1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    “You can walk there from the stadium after a humiliation.”

    I swear – I shot corn flakes from my nose.

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