Strong Vincent graduate Tom Lawless is back in charge of a minor league baseball dugout.
Lawless, 55, has been named interim manager for the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He’ll officially replace Tony DeFrancesco when the Houston Astros affiliate visits the Round Rock (Texas) Express Monday.
The Astros promoted DeFrancesco after they fired Brad Mills following Saturday night’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park. Houston currently holds Major League Baseball’s worst record at 39-83.
Lawless, who played for four teams in eight major league seasons, was serving as Houston’s minor league infield instructor. He was in charge of three different farm teams for the Astros over the previous three baseball seasons.
Oklahoma City was 68-60 in the PCL’s American Conference Southern Division after Sunday’s 5-2 win at Round Rock.
– Mike Copper