Washington Nationals' third base coach Bo Porter has interviewed for other managerial positions before, talking with the Marlins twice, once when he was with the Diamondbacks and again after he'd joined the Nationals and he even interview for the position with the Nats back before they hired Jim Riggleman as the manager. Porter interviewed for the managerial job in PIttsburgh back in 2010 too. When he talked to Florida/Miami last winter he did so while promising D.C. GM Mike Rizzo, as reported by The Washington Post, that he would return to coach with the Nationals unless he got a managerial position elsewhere in the majors. When the Fish made the wise choice to go with Ozzie Guillen, Porter returned to Washington.
According to a report out of Houston this afternoon by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the 40-year-old Porter traveled to Houston this afternoon to interview for the Astros' open managerial position which is being filled on an interim basis by Tony DeFrancesco since Brad Mills was "let go" a month back. The MLB.com reporter notes in the article that Porter, who lives in Houston, "... was picked up at the airport by Astros owner Jim Crane." The New Jersey-born Porter is in his sixth season as a big league coach, having been a third base and bench coach with Arizona, and a third base coach with the Marlins after having worked as a "manager/coach" in Miami's organization before that. Porter played 89 games total in the majors after the Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 40th Round of the 1993 Draft.
In 142 MLB plate appearances, the outfielder posted a combined .214/.284/.333 line with five doubles, two triples and two home runs over three seasons with the Cubs, A's and Rangers. The report out of Houston also noted that Porter was the first name to surface in the search for the Astros' new skipper.