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The Houston Astros hired Washington Nationals' third-base coach Bo Porter to lead them into the transition to the American League in 2013 and beyond. Porter brings passion, intensity and intuitiveness to the job.
It seems as though the Houston Astros front office isn't trying to put Bo Porter in a position to fail, the way the old administration did poor ol' Brad Mills. No, it appears that first-year general manager Jeff Luhnow wants Porter to be successful and plans on surrounding him with the personnel that will best help him do that.
That was, for the most part, the observation Crawfish Boxes lead writer David Coleman made in reaction to the Porter hiring and subsequent press conference with Luhnow. The GM said Porter would be rounded out with people who could help support him on infield play, pitching and the switch to the American League.
Coleman doesn't see any of the 'stros' coaching staff coming back with the organization next season in the same capacity. Joe Pettini is the current bench coach, but lacks AL experience.
Going into their first season in the AL, the 'stros may want someone with experience in that league. Doug Brocail isn't considered by fans to be the long-term answer as pitching coach, but it's difficult to say who would replace him, and just as difficult to say he was part of the problem with Astros pitching.
Here's a quick nugget from Coleman, speculating on what to do next with Pettini's position as bench coach:
One possibility (if he wants it) could be bringing in Tim Bogar to be the bench coach. That would give Houston both the solid infield experience and a guy who has recent AL experience to help Porter out. Bogar doesn't have any previous managerial experience at the major league level, but maybe being a bench coach in Houston would help move him up the charts faster for another job.
Hey, the 'stros are a project anyway, right?
The Houston Astros have named Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter as their new manager, the team announced Thursday. MLB.com says Porter will stay with the postseason-bound Nationals through the end of the season.
Porter is a Houston resident who had previously interviewed for the Miami Marlins' managerial opening, which was filled by Ozzie Guillen. Tony DeFrancesco has been the Astros' interim manager since Aug. 18, when the majors-worst team fired Brad Mills. Mills had been with the Astros since being hired on Oct. 27, 2009.
At only 40 years old, Porter is young enough to see through the league's biggest rebuilding project. The Astros are well on their way to the worst record in Major League Baseball for the second straight year and could face an even bigger uphill climb beginning next season, when they move to the American League West.
The Houston Astros will begin a new era with Bo Porter as their skipper.
The Houston Astros' search for a manager is starting to take shape. They have interviewed several candidates and the latest appears to be Brad Ausmus.
The former Astros catcher was always regarded as one of the brightest minds in the game. He was a .251 career hitter and never hit double-digit home runs in the season, but had an 18-year career for his defensive ability and especially, his game-calling skills. Seemingly everybody that knew Ausmus raved about his leadership skills, too, and had no doubt that he would work in baseball after he retired.
Former catchers have been popular picks as managers, and successful ones at that. Joe Girardi, Bruce Bochy, Joe Maddon and Mike Scioscia all caught in the bigs, as did Joe Torre and a host of other current and former MLB managers.
Head over to The Crawfish Boxes for all of your Astros coverage as they continue their search for a new manager.
Bogar is one of a few candidates for the position, including interim manager Tony DeFrancesco. Interest in Bogar comes in wake of former Padres and Phillies Manager Larry Bowa announcing he isn't interested in the job after being interviewed.
It's been reported the Astros have interviewed Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez and Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, along with Bowa.
The Astros are one loss away from claiming their second consecutive 100-loss season. Former manager Brad Mills was fired Aug. 19 amid another disastrous season. Houston had the worst record in baseball (56-106) and could end 2012 in the same position.
After having a preliminary interview with Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on Friday, former Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa told Ken Sports of FoxSports that he was withdrawing his name from consideration in the Astros search for a new manager:
"It was a super interview," said Bowa, a former major-league, player, coach and manager who is now an analyst for MLB Network. "Jeff and I both were under the understanding that long-term it should be a younger guy - we both agreed on that. The interview was really professional. Jeff has his ducks in a row. It's just going to take some time."
The 66-year old Bowa has spent most of his life in baseball. He had 2,151 career hits in 16 seasons as a MLB player and was employed by seven teams in a 23-year career as a coach and manager in MLB clubhouses.
There's no real way to know how much of his decision to forgo the Houston job was mutual, but at his age, it's no surprise he doesn't want any part of what will be a lengthy rebuilding effort.
Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa was in Houston to meet with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. The buzz immediately went to the notion that Lunhow was going to interview Bowa for the open manager position.
However, Lunhow would not confirm whether that Bowa was a candidate for the Astros job but only said, "Larry is here to meet with me on some baseball related matters."
That is fairly vague, because "baseball related matters" can mean a lot of things, and the timing of this meeting has to make people feel that Bowa is a candidate until Lunhow publicly denies it.
Martinez has been the bench coach of the Rays since 2008 and also was the teams spring training coach for manager Joe Maddon the previous two seasons.
On Thursday, the Houston Astros brought in Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter to interview for their vacant managerial job. The Houston native came into town since the Nationals had an off day, but the team did not specifically talk about Porter.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow would not comment on Porter being interviewed, but rather issued a generic comment about what the team is looking for in a manager:
"We're very focused on finding a candidate who shares our vision as an organization and finding a candidate who is capable of creating the kind of environment in the clubhouse that is conducive for our players to develop ... and to create that winning mindset at the major league level," Luhnow said.
The Houston Astros have begun their search for a manager in 2013, when the team makes its debut in the American League. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco will have the opportunity to interview for the permanent position, but Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter is the team's first interviewee, according to a report by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
Jim Crane, Houston's owner, picked Porter up at the airport Thursday afternoon. Porter has never managed at the major league level before, though he has been interviewed for open positions, including Florida's after Fredi Gonzalez was canned during the 2010 season.
Porter, 40, was also bench coach under Kirk Gibson in Arizona for the last couple months of the 2010 season and spent 2007 through 2009 with the Marlins as their third-base coach and baserunning instructor.
Long-time minor-league skipper DeFrancesco will interview for the Astros managing position this week.
Baseball veteran David Gottfried will not have his contract renewed as assistant general manager of the Houston Astros, the team announced Tuesday.
Since Brad Mills was removed from the managerial position by the Houston Astros, a handful of names have come up regarding who might eventually take his place and the place of now current interim manager
Chris Maloney from the Cardinals and Jim Riggleman from the Reds are two of the bigger names being thrown around, but Astros blog The Crawfish Boxes thinks that the favorite may just be Houston's bench coach Joe Pettini. In fact, they even have a theory as to why he hasn't just been given the job yet since he's such a favorite for it:
Here's the guy pretty much everyone assumes will get the job eventually. Heck, everyone assumed that when he was hired and everyone assumed he'd be the interim manager.
Yet, Jeff Luhnow and this front office threw us a curveball. Pettini is still the bench coach, leaving us to wonder why they didn't just give him the job now. My theory, which I brought up on the podcast last night, is that if we all assume he's getting the job, then any potential candidates to be interviewed might view him the same way.
By keeping him on the bench, Houston can make him a candidate and still hear from the other likely guys on this list. Plus, he gets to avoid having the last stench of this 100-loss team on his resume. Instead, he'll just have next year's 100-loss team to worry about.
Not many new names have been thrown into the mixer lately for the vacant position, so Pettini will probably remain the favorite until a more qualified candidate starts getting sewn into the rumor mill.
Jeff Luhnow surprised the baseball world this past weekend, relieving Brad Mills from his duties as manager of the Houston Astros.
Houston will be looking for a new manager after the 2012 season is completed. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has already compiled a short list of permanent managerial candidates in Houston, and it's no surprise that a couple of the candidates have ties to the St. Louis Cardinals, where Luhnow served as an executive for years.
Joe Pettini, Chris Maloney and Jim Riggleman are viewed as three potential candidates for the Astros' permament managerial job after the late Saturday dismissal of Brad Mills as manager.
Pettini, who is currently Houston's bench coach, served as Tony La Russa's bench coach in St. Louis, and has earned two World Series rings -- both with the Cardinals.
Maloney is St. Louis' current first base coach.
Riggleman, meanwhile, has plenty of managing experience at the Major League level, and is currently serving as Cincinnati's AA manager.
For the latest on the Astros, head over to the Crawfish Boxes and join the discussion.
Crane also told reporters on Sunday that the Astros aim to have a manager in place by November, but would hire someone earlier, and that there's a list of candidates that they have in mind. The hiring could take place as soon as the next two weeks, Crane hinted. In the meantime, Tony DeFrancesco is serving as Houston's interim manager.
Mills was fired after a Saturday night loss that dropped the Astros to 39-82, the worst mark in baseball. He had skippered the Astros to a 76-86 record in 2010, and a franchise-worst 56-106 mark in 2011.
It's been another busy week in Astros world.
The Houston Astros have named Tony DeFrancesco as interim manager, following the firing of Brad Mills Saturday night. DeFrancesco is a longtime minor league manager and former third base coach of the Oakland Athletics. Since 2011, he has been manager of the Oklahoma RedHawks, the Astros' triple-A affiliate. DeFrancesco will be joined by two other coaches brought from Oklahoma.
Houston GM Jeff Luhnow announced the move in a Sunday morning press conference, stating that DeFrancesco will finish the season but that a thorough search for a permanent manager will begin immediately. Luhnow declined to name any particular candidates. He did admit that the decision to terminate Brad Mills was made last week, but that Mills was notified last night so that the new staff could be put in place before the Astros' upcoming road trip. He also praised the clubhouse culture in Oklahoma City as his primary reason for appointing DeFrancesco.
DeFrancesco's tenure as manager is set to begin this afternoon, as the Astros host Arizona in the final game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
The Houston Astros announced Saturday night that manager Brad Mills has been fired, along with two other coaches.
With the Astros under new ownership and heading to the American League, new owner Jim Crane wants a fresh start and he is reportedly going to let manager Brad Mills go at the end of the season.
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