Astros Name Porter Manager as Team Prepares For American League

Bo Porter was hired as manager of the Houston Astros after two seasons as third-base coach for the Washington Nationals.

Porter, a 40-year-old Houston resident, will remain with the Nationals until their Major League Baseball play ends in the postseason, Astros owner Jim Crane announced today at a news conference.

Porter previously coached with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins. He managed the Jamestown Jammers, a Marlins affiliate in the New York-Pennsylvania League, in 2006.

The Astros are coming off the two worst seasons in the franchise’s 51-year history. They lost a team-high 106 games last year and are 51-105 with six games remaining in 2012. Tony DeFrancesco, who took over on an interim basis after the team fired Brad Mills in August, will manage the team until the end of the season.

The Astros move to the American League from the National League next season. The team intends to change its color scheme and unveil new uniforms, according to its website.

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