For some reason Jeff Luhnow and Co. like to do things late night and the trend continued Wednesday with reports coming out around the witching hour that Nationals 3rd base coach Bo Porter will be named the next Astros manager. This is a bit of a surprise, although not a bad one, because it was thought Dave Martinez and Tim Bogar were the favorites for the position. That said, Bo is well respected and was probably going to manage somewhere next season, which could explain why the Astros acted quickly. The Nationals are headed to the playoffs so it may take some time for Porter to take his spot with the Stros but if reports are accurate, it will indeed happen.
Porter has been the Nationals 3rd base coach over the last two seasons and most remember him by his altercation with the Cubs dugout this season. Any guy who is willing to scrap with the Cubbies is fine by me. The 40 year old fits exactly what the Stros want to do and what they’d be looking for, a young more analytically type manager. Porter was the favorite to succeed Davey Johnson in Washington when the time came so Porter is well regarded. Porter did play in the big leagues, although only for a very short time from 1999-2001 but as we’ve seen in the past, that means very little. Tony DeFrancecso will finish off the last few games for this season and then his fate will be determined, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stick around the organization. Tony did well in his brief stint as Astros interim manager and proved worthy of another shot.
The official announcement should come today at a 10 am central time press conference at Minute Maid Park. Welcome to Houston Bo Porter and let’s hope we all enjoy the ride.