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Report: Astros to name Bo Porter manager

Sep 27, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

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Bo Porter has been a popular name on the managing carousel for a few years now, and it was no surprise to learn the Astros would give him serious consideration for their vacancy. According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, he’ll be Houston’s next manager.

Porter, who was previously a finalist for jobs in Florida and Pittsburgh, is currently serving as the Nationals’ third base coach.

A 40th-round pick out of the University of Iowa in 1993, Porter fought long and hard to reach the majors in 1999. He never could establish himself there — he ended up hitting .214 with two homers in 126 at-bats over three seasons — but there’s no denying he made the most of his talent. After retiring in 2003, he started coaching in the minors in 2005. He reached the majors as the Marlins’ third-base coach just two years later.

By taking the Houston job now, Porter passed on the possibility that a more attractive opportunity might present itself later. But on the plus side, he won’t face any pressure to win right away. The Astros are bringing in plenty of smart people, but it’s going to be a long time before they’re in any sort of position to contend in the AL West.

  1. kinggw - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Dammit!! I was hoping he would succeed Davey. Oh well, the ‘stros got a good one.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      This season, Randy Knorr was brought up from managing in the minors to be the bench coach. Mike Rizzo hasn’t said this, but it looks to me like he may be grooming Knorr to be Davey’s successor.

      Hate to lose Bo, but it’s great that he’s finally getting a shot. Good Luck, Bo.

    • pdowdy83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      I think the plan has always been for Randy Knorr to be Davey’s successor. They have been grooming Knorr for multiple years in the minors and now as Davey’s bench coach. Knorr managed Desmond, Espinosa, Bernadina, Storen, Strasburg (breifly), Tyler Moore, Lombardozzi and several others so he has a good relationship with a lot of the core of the team.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Knorr and Porter both are highly regarded in the clubhouse at Nats Park, and both are going to be great managers. Astros’ have made a great selection (if this is true) and Bo will hopefully be given an opportunity to succeed down there.

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