New Houston Astros manager Bo Porter, the now former third base coach of the Nationals, stopped by CSN Houston on Wednesday night for an interview on SportsTalk Live. In his sitdown with CSN, Porter gave some insight into how he was hired by the Astros in the middle of a pennant race with the Nats.
Porter said he first heard of their interest in early September when the Nationals’ front office received a call from Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
“Mike Rizzo, our general manager, he came down to me and said, ‘look, we got a phone call from Houston and they’re interested in interviewing you for their manager’s position.’”
“It was kind of bittersweet for him. He said, ‘I just want to talk to you first and let you know where we stand as far as our situation here with Davey.’”
Rizzo and the Nationals granted the Astros permission after having several conversations with Porter about his future. At 40, Porter is now the youngest manager in the majors and was considered by many as a potential replacement for Nats’ skipper Davey Johnson when he retires.
Porter said the opportunity to become a MLB manager right now was too good to pass up and sais the Astros’ interest was very strong.
“Once I got on the phone with Jeff [Luhnow] and I talked to Jim [Crane] and I sensed the urgency in the conversation of wanting to get me in,” he said.
“When you get into this situation you always say to yourself, if I ever get this opportunity I want to do it with smart people. And from speaking to them just in the early stages I realized how smart they were and serious they were about getting this organization going the direction that Jim Crane wants it to go which is to be a championship contender every year.”
Check out the video on CSNhouston.com.