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Bo Porter is the first candidate to interview for Astros job

Sep 13, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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General manager Jeff Luhnow said earlier this week that the Astros would soon begin interviewing 6-8 candidates for their managerial opening and sure enough Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Nationals third base coach Bo Porter is in Houston this afternoon interviewing for the job.

It’s a little unusual that the interviews would start while the season is still in progress and interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is still trying to win games, but Luhnow has said that DeFrancesco will be one of the candidates considered and … well, the Astros are bad enough that some added drama probably won’t hurt much anyway.

Porter, whose yelling into the Cubs dugout helped lead to a benches-clearing skirmish last week, has interviewed for several other managerial openings in past seasons. He lives in Houston during the offseason and according to McTaggart owner Jim Crane personally picked up Porter from the airport.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    The “yelling into the Cubs dugout” was a response to the Cubs looney bench coach Jamie Quirk yelling at the Nats for playing aggressively. That aside, he’s going to make a good manager for someone. He’s thought to be in the running to take over the Nats from Davey when he decides to hang it up.

  2. kkolchak - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Seems like a good guy–hope he gets his shot at some point.

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