Porter will manage Astros in '13
The Houston Astros will enter the American League next season with a new manager.
The team announced Thursday morning that Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter has been hired as the team's skipper.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said "He's ready. He's a great coach. I Iike the way he thinks. I like him a lot because he thinks the way I do. He's going to do a good job. They got the right man. And I think they know that."
The timing is highly unusual: Porter, 40, will not begin work for the Astros until the Nationals complete their postseason run.
Thus, he will remain privy to internal information with the Nationals after accepting a job with another club.
Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ first-year GM, hired DeFranceso to replace Brad Mills on Aug. 19. The Astros, at 51-105, will finish with the worst record in the majors.
Porter twice interviewed for managerial openings with the Marlins and also was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ job after the 2010 season.
He was the Marlins’ third-base coach from 2007 to ’09 and a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks in ‘10 before joining the Nationals in ’11.