Evidently the Tony DeFrancesco era as manager of the Astros will be coming to a close. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Houston Astros will announce that Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will be their next manager.
We can assume that Porter will take over after the post season, as he will be in the third base coaches box this post season for the Nats.
I had suggested that the Astros hire Tony Pena to be their new manager in a previous Bleacher Report article. But the job belongs to Porter.
Porter played part of three seasons in the major leagues. He was part of the 1999 Chicago Cubs, the 2000 Oakland Athletics and the 2001 Texas Rangers. He played in the 2000 Division Series for Oakland against the Yankees.
The Newark native starred for the University of Iowa, where he was All Big Ten in both baseball and football.
He spent his post playing days bouncing from team to team as a coach. He also managed the 2006 Jamestown Jammers. According to Baseball Reference, he managed future major leaguers Chris Coghlan and Logan Morrison, among a few other future Florida and Miami Marlins.
His time with the Diamondbacks and Marlins coaching staff led him to being considered for big league managing jobs. He was interviewed for the Pirates job and the Marlins job before landing in Washington as Davey Johnson's third base coach.
He is inheriting the worst team in baseball. And they are two losses away from being the single worst team in the history of the franchise.
Porter is a good baseball man, but so was Brad Mills who saw the team get worse every year under his watch.
The good thing for Porter is that he has minor league managing experience because he will essentially be managing a minor league team.
But general manager Jeff Luhnow has stripped the team of any high priced player and restocked the farm system, and the big league club, with good, solid, young players.
This is not a quick fix, but they have already hit bottom and will begin the building process again.
And just check how fast Porter's Nationals went from over 100 losses to the best record in baseball.
Best of luck Mr. Porter. It is your team now.
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