Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter has been named the new manager of the Houston Astros. He will commence the job in the 2013 season.
It is Porter's first big league managerial job. He has been on the coaching staff of the Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks and has been with the Nats since 2011. Porter does have managerial experience at the minor league level in the Marlins' organization. A 40th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 1993, Porter had a brief stint in the majors as a player with the Cubs in 1999, the Oakland Athletics in 2000 and the Texas Rangers in 2001 collecting 27 hits.
I hope Porter enjoys his post-season with the Nationals because it is going to be long season in Houston next year. The Astros enter today with a 51-105 record, the worst in MLB. They are 42½ games back of the Cincinnati Reds. Houston has scored 200 fewer runs than they have allowed. Ouch!
In mid-August, the Astros dismissed Brad Mills. The Astros were 39-82 at the time. They have fared no better under interim manager Tony DeFrancesca with a 12-23 skid. Since June 28th, the Astros are 19-61.
The worst probably isn't over as they move from the NL Central to the AL West where they will compete against the likes of the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics. The Astros make the Seattle Mariners look like an offensive juggernaut.
If nothing else, Porter will gain invaluable experience as a big league manager. But it's going to be a steep learning curve.
I wish Porter the best of luck in his new job. He's going to need it.
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