At 12:50 AM EST this morning, Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will be the new manager of the Houston Astros. A news conference to announce the hiring will be tomorrow at 10 AM Houston time.
For Porter, this is somewhat of a finish line to his race, as he’s worked his way up the coaching ladder. After starting as the hitting coach of the Class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers back in 2005, Porter joined Florida (now Miami)’s big league staff as the third base coach in 2007. Porter then joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in the same role in 2010, seeing time as bench coach in the second half of the season after Arizona’s front office fired manager A.J Hinch.
Porter has interviewed for managerial openings in the past, including Miami on multiple occasions and Pittsburgh in the offseason of 2010-2011 before joining the Nationals in his current position.
After a short two-year stay in Washington, Porter will join the Astros on their trip to the American League once the Nationals finish their season. So, as Morosi and Rosenthal duly note, “he will remain privy to internal information with the Nationals after already accepting a job with another club.” Let’s hope he doesn’t steal too many secrets.
We’re gonna miss ya Bo. We’re gonna miss ya.