The Houston Astros hope to have their managerial search wrapped up by the end of next week, though they may have to wait a few weeks to officially name Brad Mills' full-time replacement. A few of the interview candidates are currently employed by playoff-bound teams, which means the Astros and owner Jim Crane must wait until the team has been eliminated before they can make an official announcement, per the Houston Chronicle:
Whether he’s hired to the full-time position, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco would finish the season.
"We wouldn’t want to pull anybody working for another team integral in making a playoff run," Crane said. "They wouldn’t come on board until everything’s over."
The Astros have interviewed six managerial candidates so far and are expected to speak to two more and then hold a second round of interviews before deliberating. Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and interim Astros manager DeFrancesco have been confirmed to be up for the position.
Former Phillies manager and current MLB Network studio analyst Larry Bowa was interviewed for the spot but has already been eliminated from the running.