Bo Porter: Houston Astros Name Nationals Coach as Manager

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

Courtesy of Associated Press (via Sporting News)
Courtesy of Associated Press (via Sporting News)

The Houston Astros have finally put a managerial face to lead their rebuilding effort, as the team has named Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter their new manager, according to Major League Baseball

OFFICIAL: @astros name @nationals 3B coach Bo Porter as their manager, effective for the 2013 season.

MLB (@MLB) September 27, 2012

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. speaking to reporters about the hire of Porter, gave the best answer ever for why Porter was the man for the job. (via Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports)

Luhnow on hiring Porter: "Bo knows baseball." I'm glad we got that out of the way.

— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) September 27, 2012

Porter is just 40 years old and was a 40th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 1993 MLB Draft. He played parts of three seasons in the big leagues. 

After his playing days ended, Porter moved into the coaching ranks. He started in the minors before being named the Marlins' third base coach in 2009. Since that time, Porter has moved around to Arizona and then Washington this season. 

Given the direction that the Astros are taking under Luhnow, Porter seems like the perfect candidate. They are a franchise that is in a full-scale rebuild right now. There is going to be no pressure to perform at the big league level right away, so he can grow along with this team. 

However, therein lies a dilemma for Porter. Since the Astros aren't going to be competitive for a long time, his overall record is not going to look good.

Given the nature of the managerial position in baseball, he has to be an outstanding tactical manager in order to keep this job long enough to see the team get back to being respectable. 

That is for another day. Right now, this is a great day for Porter and the Astros, who have taken numerous steps this season to add talent into a farm system that was seriously lacking.