A report out of Houston, Texas earlier this month by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart said that the 40-year-old Washington Nationals' third base coach Bo Porter had traveled to meet with the Astros and interview for their open managerial position. After the Astros let Brad Mills go, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco took over the team, but Houston was known to be interviewing for a potential full-time replacement.
Porter, a New Jersey native in his sixth season as a big league coach, was a third base and bench coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks and a third base coach with the Florida (Miami) Marlins before he joined the Nationals. Porter had previously interviewed for positions with the D-Backs, Marlins and Pirates but returned to the Nats' bench when he didn't land any of those jobs. According to a report tonight by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, Porter did get the Astros' job.
Though he reportedly won't officially become the manager for the AL West-bound Astros until after the Nationals' 2012 season is over. The FOXSports.com writers reported tonight that Porter was hired by Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and, "... will be named to the position on Thursday morning, major-league sources say."
The one-time major leaguer who made 142 MLB PAs and posted a .214/.284/.333 line with five doubles, two triples and two home runs over three seasons with Chicago, Oakland and Texas was one of the first names to surface in the search for the Astros' next skipper, and if the reports are accurate, he'll take over a team that's about to change leagues after finishing with the worst record in the majors. Bo Porter's got a hard road ahead of him, but he's reportedly going to be the manager tasked with turning things around for Houston.