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Turned down for manager job, DeFrancesco's role still unclear

The Sports Xchange

Passed over for the full-time job as manager, the man in the chair on an interim basis has five days left before the uncertainty takes over. But he's eager to be a part of the staff next year.

Tony DeFrancesco said a return to the Triple-A managing ranks, where he had been before getting the call to replace Brad Mills, will be a possibility. He seems to prefer, however, a spot on Bo Porter's major-league staff. He also mentioned possibilities in the front office or player development.

Either way, the itch to manage in the major leagues remains after this taste.

"I think I've proven to myself that I can manage at this level, and hopefully there will be more opportunities down the road," DeFrancesco said. "The opportunity I had here for what's going to be 41 games, I'm very proud of being an Astro manager and taking over the team. I thought we turned it around a little bit. Our goal right now is to get to .500 for the month of September."

With Friday's 7-6 win over the Brewers, the Astros are 12-13 in September, which is a marked improvement over a dismal July and August that featured eight wins combined. Still, he was informed Wednesday night that he would not get the job, which went to Porter.

"I went through the process like any other manager, any of the candidates that were on the list. I know it was a big list," DeFrancesco said. "I got down to the final three or four. I'm very proud of that. I'm glad (general manager Jeff Luhnow) gave me the opportunity and (owner Jim Crane).

"They made the right choice. Bo was the guy they wanted and there was no regrets on my part. No regrets on Jeff when he told me the other day that they were going to go with Bo. I'm real happy just to get an opportunity and now hopefully I'm going to remain in the organization at some point -- we're not sure what it is yet."

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