Thursday, September 27, 2012

Porter to Manage Astros

Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter (16)
Porter will be finishing his second season with the Nats and then moving to Houston. (Photo: Keith Allison)
The Nationals are now noticing the one of the few downsides of having the best team in baseball: everyone wants a piece of it. More specifically, the Houston Astros wants a piece of it. As reported by Fox Houston, third base coach Bo Porter is heading to Houston to be the Astros new manager.

He's not leaving yet. Porter will be heading to Houston following the conclusion of this season. Hopefully, the Nationals can send him to Texas with a World Series ring.

A couple weeks ago, Porter went to Houston to interview for the position. It doesn't come as that much of a surprise that he was hired. In my opinion, he was the leading candidate in their managerial search.

Porter is finishing up his second season as the Nationals third base coach. He's been sending runners towards home plate since 2011! He's never had any experience as a manager in the majors league. He's been apart of the coaching staff for the Diamond Backs and the Marlins before coming to Washington to be on their staff.

It's not known who, or how, the Nationals will replace Bo Porter with. They could promote one of their minor league managers or even go out and sign a new coach all together. Another interesting wrinkle in this is now they have to replace to coaching positions this offseason. Davey Johnson managerial contract expires after this season and will take on a guidance and consulting role with the club. However, Johnson and the Mike Rizzo have talked about a possible extension so Johnson can manage next season.

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Source: Fox Sports Houston