After the Nationals' historic 2012 season, their third base coach, Bo Porter, was quickly poached to become the new manager of the Houston Astros. General manager Jeff Luhnow brought Porter over to help teach his young roster the 'National Way.'
On Monday, after less than two years at the helm, Porter was fired by the Astros. He leaves Houston - his first managerial job - with a 110-190 overall record.
Porter released a statement on his termination after the news broke:
"I want to thank the Astros Organization for giving me my first opportunity to Manage Major League Baseball. During my time in Houston I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this Organization win, in the short-term and for the long-term.
I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in Houston with an Organization in transition. I'm gratified we were able to bring some excitement to this city as a result of our improvement from 2013 to 2014."
Porter is clearly thankful for the opportunity provided by the Astros in his first job as a manager. The chance they gave him to succeed, however, is debatable.
Each of the last two years the Astros had the lowest payroll in the majors. They were committed to building around young talent and gutted their roster to do so.
Porter is only 42 and has a lot of baseball coaching left in him. He'll surely find another job for next year, likely as an assistant if he is interested. It's unfortunate, though, how his first stint as a skipper turned out.