Astros to interview Bo Porter

Nationals third base coach Bo Porter arrived in Houston on Thursday afternoon to interview with the Astros for their vacant managerial position. Porter is the first name to surface as having interviewed for the full-time job.

Porter, who lives in the Houston area and is in his second season with the Nationals, declined to comment. He was picked up at the airport by Astros owner Jim Crane.

Porter, 40, has interviewed for managerial jobs previously, mostly recently with the Marlins in the middle of the 2010 season after they had dismissed Fredi Gonzalez.

Prior to joining the Nationals, Porter was the third base coach for the D-backs for one year and later served briefly as bench coach in Arizona under Kirk Gibson.

The Astros began interviewing managerial candidates this week in an effort to find a full-time manager. Brad Mills was let go last month after nearly three years at the helm of the club, and Tony DeFrancesco has been managing the club on an interim basis.

Porter played a little more than three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, A’s and Rangers. He began his coaching career in 2005 as the hitting coach for Class A Greensboro and later as manager at Class A Jamestown in 2006. He served as the Marlins’ third base coach and baserunning instructor from 2007-09.

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