Report: Houston Astros Name Nationals 3B Coach Bo Porter Manager

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIISeptember 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Third base coach Bo Porter #16 congratulates Tyler Moore #57 of the Washington Nationals after hitting a two RBI home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 4, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros' search for a new manager has ended. With a press conference announced for Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, the Astros will announce that Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will take over for interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the news:

#Nationals 3B coach Bo Porter is the new #Astros manager, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. News conference at 10 a.m. CT tomorrow.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 27, 2012

Porter, a resident of Houston, interviewed for the job earlier this month. He was believed to be a top candidate before the interview process even began.

Before the interview was conducted, general manager Jeff Luhnow described the type of man he was looking at for the job. Via Zachary Levine and the Houston Chronicle:

We’re very focused on finding a candidate who shares our vision as an organization and finding a candidate who is capable of creating the kind of environment in the clubhouse that is conducive for our players to develop … and to create that winning mindset at the major league level.

Porter's entire MLB résumé, unfortunately, only consists of time at third base. He started off with the then-Florida Marlins in 2007, and then moved on to Arizona after the 2009 campaign. Porter came to the Nationals at the start of last season.

He has managed before, albeit in the New York-Penn League; his Jamestown Jammers, then the Class-A affiliate of the Marlins, went an unimpressive 33-49 in 2006.

It remains to be seen how Porter will perform as manager, but there's really nowhere to go but up in Houston, right?