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.