With reports suggesting that Bo Porter and ownership were at odds, the Houston Astros fired their second-year manager on Monday.
The Astros (59-79) were never expected to compete with Porter in charge. Instead the team operated on a shoestring budget while attempting to rebuild its depleted farm system.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned. This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues.” said general manager Jeff Luhnow in a released statement. “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.”
In addition to Porter the Astros also fired bench coach Dave Trembley. Tom Lawless will assume the role of interim manager. Former Astros shortstop Adam Everett will join the team as the bench coach.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” added owner Jim Crane said. “We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”