|DeFrancesco named interim manager. (Getty Images)|
On the heels of a relative house-cleaning Saturday night, which included the ousting of manager Brad Mills, the Astros have announced that Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco has been promoted and is the new Houston manager. He has the job on an interim basis, so expect a broad managerial search by general manager Jeff Luhnow after the season.
The Astros have also made Ty Van Burkleo the interim hitting coach and Dan Radison the interim first-base coach.
“The goal is to find the best staff we can possibly assemble to take us to the next level,” said Luhnow in a statement. “We want to move forward and win as many games as we can the rest of this year and put ourselves in a position to have a successful 2013 and beyond.”
For DeFrancesco, it'll be his first time as a big-league skipper after a career in the minors -- 26 years in all, 17 as a manager.
"I'm really excited to be here," DeFrancesco said to MLB.com. "We've waited a long time to come to this level and be on a Major League team as a manager."
As a player, DeFrancesco spent nine seasons in the minors, mostly as a catcher, but never advanced past Triple-A. He then became a minor-league manager. He managed 14 years in the Athletics system before coming over to the Astros' organization two years ago. DeFrancesco was 67-60 with Oklahoma City this season.
DeFrancesco's only experience at the major-league level came in 2008, when he was the A's third-base coach.