Bo Porter Fired

Bo Porter has been fired by the Houston Astros following only his second season with the ball club. That termination has made him one of the most popular trending terms on Facebook and Twitter.

When asked about the decision, General Manager Jeff Luhnow said the club “needs to move in a new direction.”

In a statement regarding Bo Porter’s termination, Luhnow wrote:

“I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible. Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.”

Heading into Monday the Houston Astros hold a 59-79 record, a fourth place listing in the AL West. That record gives the Astros the distinction of being the second worst team in the bigs.

Tom Lawless takes over as the teams interim manager. Lawless was the interim manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He was given that role after Manager Tony DeFrancesco temporarily stepped down on medical leave. Oklahoma City’s triple-A team will now be managed by Adam Everett. Also recently fired was Astros bench coach Dave Trembley.

Before he joined the Houston Astros, Bo Porter was the third base coach for the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins. Porter also managed in the Marlins minor league system.

Speaking on behalf of his team, owner Jim Crane said firing Bo Porter was “not an easy decision to make.”

Recent reports suggested that Porter and Luhnow did not get along. Those reports seem in direct contradiction to comments Luhnow made about Porter last season. During an interview Luhnow previously revealed of Porter, “He not only has the charisma of a preacher or a politician, but he backs it up by having a deep knowledge of the game. That combination is incredibly powerful.”

This season Luhnow has come under constant fire over his plans to retool the entire Houston Astros franchise from the ground-up. Upper-management has promised that they are “all in” with Luhnow, which might explain why he remains, while Bo Porter has been shown the door.

Bo Porter has not commented on being fired from the Houston Astros.

While he is not yet giving public statements, others have felt it necessary to speak up on Porter’s behalf. SportsTalk790 producer Ross Villarreal writes:

NFL reporter John McClain adds:

The general sentiment from fans, non-fans, and beat reporters for the Houston Astros, is that Bo Porter deserves to manage a team in Major League Baseball.

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