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September 27, 2012

Porter hired as Houston Astros manager

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HOUSTON —

As much as the Astros liked his experience with the Nationals, Porter likes that Houston is similar to Washington in that it is committed to building the team from within.

He went down a list of all the current stars for the Nationals who came up through their system.

"All of those guys are homegrown, and when you are able to grow your own talent and if they get to the big leagues and they are your core players, their level of commitment to the overall excellence of the organization runs a little bit deeper than players that come from the outside," he said. "That is a goal of this organization and one of the things that really drew me into this job."

With such an inexperienced team, the Astros wanted a charismatic leader to mold the players.

"He's an expert in specific areas of outfield and baserunning and fundamentals," Luhnow said. "When we talk about what we need for our clubhouse and our young players and our system, we need someone with a real specific expertise and emphasis on playing baseball the right way."

The Astros acknowledged that it is a bit odd to name Porter manager while his current team is still competing, but the Astros didn't want to wait until after the season to make this decision.

"Part of the strategy was to try and get out in front of this," Crane said. "Wednesday when the season is over there will probably be people looking for managers. I think it did give us an advantage of getting out in front of things."

The Astros appreciated the cooperation of the Nationals in this process.

"Bo Porter joined our staff in 2011 to instruct and coach our young players in how to play the game right, and in how to win," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. "He has been invaluable to us and our drive toward our first postseason."

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