(NEW YORK) — The Houston Astros will name Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter as their manager next season.
The Astros, to put it kindly, have been one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball over the past couple seasons. Through 156 games, the Astros are a MLB-worst at 51-105. The Chicago Cubs have the next-worst record at 59-96.
Houston ranks 30th among 30 Major League teams in runs, 29th in batting average, 29th in on base percentage, and 28th in slugging percentage. The teams pitching isn’t much better: the Astros’ 4.62 team is ERA ranks 26th in baseball.
“It’s a young group, and at the same time it’s a very talented group,” Porter said. “The talent pool is very deep and now we just need to roll up our sleeves an go to work.”
For Porter, he had interviewed for openings with the Marlins and Pirates. After a brief career in the majors, Porter retired in 2003. Just two years later he started coaching minor league baseball. In 2007, Porter became the Marlins third-base coach.
Next season, the Astros will move from the National League to the American League.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN