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Marlins to interview Nationals third base coach Bo Porter

Sep 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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For the second year in a row Bo Porter will try to convince the Marlins to hire him as manager.

Last year Florida chose Edwin Rodriguez over Porter, who then took a job as Washington’s third base coach, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins have received permission from the Nationals to interview him again next week.

Porter also interviewed for the Nationals’ job and the Pirates’ job last year, and there’s still an outside chance Washington general manager Mike Rizzo could decide to promote him rather than keep Davey Johnson as manager in 2012.

Or as Rizzo said last week: “I want what’s best for Bo. I certainly wouldn’t stand in the way of a managing job if he wasn’t the manager here.”

And of course Ozzie Guillen’s situation may ultimately determine how the Marlins replace Jack McKeon.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Bo was on the New Manager Hot List last winter, and did nothing as the Nats’ 3B coach to take himself off the list. Wouldn’t mind seeing Rizzo promote him.

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Why not take Slobbering Ozzie instead? If the Buddha smiles upon Macondo, Porter is ours. (Hands clasped in gesture of divine supplication.)

      • natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2011 at 4:31 PM

        No offense to Buddha, but nope.

        Ozzie is not the manager you want for a team in the Nats’ state of development. You need Ozzie to manage

        – a veteran, contending team, in hopes of lightning striking (see 2005 White Sox), or
        – to generate excitement where none exists.

        The Fish qualify in the second category.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    By “excitement,” I assume you mean the suspense of never knowing what his next incoherent, vulgar, imbecilic outburst is going to be?

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