#Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said nothing had been decided about field staff for 2014, except manager Bo Porter would return, which was a given.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 19, 2013
The Astros currently have the worst record in baseball, sitting at 51-102 heading into Friday night, and are a near lock to become the first team in the history of the MLB to have the first overall pick in three consecutive amateur drafts. Despite the clubs' falters, Porter has done a fairly good job in his first full season as Houston's manager, with many regarding him as an above-average field general.
Porter, who played in 89 games with the Cubs, Athletics, and Rangers from 1999-2001, made his managerial debut in 2006 as the leader of the Jamestown Jammers in the High-A South Atlantic League. From 2007-2009, Porter served as the third base coach for the (then Florida) Marlins. In 2010, he left Florida to join the Arizona Diamondbacks as their third base coach, and was promoted to bench coach just four months into his tenure with Arizona as Porter's predecessor, Kirk Gibson, was named the interim manager of the club following the firing of AJ Hinch.
The Diamondbacks let Porter go following the 2010 season, but he was quickly scooped up by the Washington Nationals, with whom he served as the third base coach until he was rewarded the Houston managerial job on September 27th of last year.
The next couple of years figure to be futile for Porter and the Astros, however, the future is bright, with Houston currently having one of the best farm systems in baseball and a front office that is regarded as one of the best in the game.