The Washington Nationals will be in search of a new third base coach this offseason. Bo Porter, who currently holds that position, has been named the Houston Astros manager for the 2013 season, first reported by Ken Rosenthal. Porter will stay with the Nats through the postseason, and according to Adam Kilgore, that was a sticking point for the new Astros manager. You can hardly blame him for wanting to see the Nats magical season through its conclusion, whenever that comes.
Porter interviewed for the Miami Marlins position late last season before Ozzie Guillen was given a four-year contract. It looks like Guillen will barely make it through one year of that deal in Miami, and Porter was a logical chose for the job there. He'd also drawn interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the recent past. The Astros clearly wanted to act and bring in the 40-year-old Porter for his first managerial gig.
It will be quite the transition for Porter, who has been a base coach and bench coach throughout his career in the National League. Houston will be transitioning to the American League West next season to even out the AL and NL at 15 teams. The Astros, currently one of the worst teams in baseball, will face an uphill battle in an extremely competitive AL West.
Porter has worked closely with Nats outfielders and baserunners during his tenure with the team. In spring training 2011, he had outfielders carry footballs while tracking down fly balls to help them close on balls. It was a fun drill, but also one to make a point to his guys. He's well respected in baseball, and the Nats will certainly miss his presence next season.