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OKC RedHawks: Tom Lawless to return to regular job with Astros

Lawless pinch-hit while RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco was undergoing cancer treatments. DeFrancesco returned last week. Lawless has stayed in Oklahoma City for the current eight-game homestand to assist the transition but will now return to his normal job.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 1, 2014
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photo - Tom Lawless was the RedHawks’ interim manager while Tony DeFrancesco underwent cancer treatments. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Tom Lawless was the RedHawks’ interim manager while Tony DeFrancesco underwent cancer treatments. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

This week, Tom Lawless will return to his job as the Houston Astros roving infield instructor.

Lawless pinch-hit while RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco was undergoing cancer treatments.

DeFrancesco returned last week. Lawless has stayed in Oklahoma City for the current eight-game homestand to assist the transition but will now return to his normal job.

“When you’re managing it’s different because you’re constantly in the game (mentally) and you have 25 kids you have to take care of,” Lawless said. “But it’s still baseball. You’re still instructing.”

From 2009 through 2011, Lawless was a manager for the Astros’ two Class A teams and the Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi.

This season, he will spend most homestands at Double-A Corpus Christi, which is loaded with several elite prospects, then rotate among the other affiliates during road trips.

A few players on the RedHawks roster, including pitcher Paul Clemens, played under Lawless coming up through the Astros organization.

“I’d run through a brick wall for Tom Lawless,” Clemens said. “That guy has been a tremendous man to me as a coach and a mentor. I’d do just about anything for him. He’s a phenomenal manager, a phenomenal man. To get to play under him again was a blessing.”

Last season, Lawless spent most homestands in Oklahoma City with the RedHawks and spent road trips working with infielders at Houston’s other minor league affiliates.

“Tom did a tremendous job pinch-hitting for me just like he did in 2012, when late in the season I went up to manage the Astros,” DeFrancesco said. “Tom has been with the Astros for a long while. He’s a good man and a good friend.”

Under Lawless, the RedHawks went 29-23 and were tied with Iowa for the lead in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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