Bo Porter

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Bo Porter
Bo Porter 2013.jpg
Porter as manager of the Houston Astros in 2013.
Houston Astros – No. 16
Outfielder / Coach / Manager
Born: (1972-07-05) July 5, 1972 (age 42)
Newark, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 9, 1999 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 7, 2001 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through June 16, 2014)
Batting average .214
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 8
Games managed 233
Won–loss record 83–150
Winning % .356
Teams

As Player

As Coach

As Manager

Marquis Donnell "Bo" Porter (born July 5, 1972) is the Major League Baseball manager for the Houston Astros. He is a former outfielder and bench coach.

Early life[edit]

Porter was raised in Newark, New Jersey in the South Ward and is a graduate of Weequahic High School.[1] While in high school, Porter was an all-state performer in baseball, football and basketball.[2]

In college, at the University of Iowa, Porter played both baseball and football.[3] He earned All-Big Ten Conference honors in both sports.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Porter was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 40th round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft.

In 1999, Porter made his major-league debut with the Cubs. Following the season, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Rule 5 draft. After the 2000 season, he was selected off waivers by the Texas Rangers. He was granted free agency following the 2001 season, and he played the remainder of his career in the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies minor league systems.

Post-playing career[edit]

Porter served as the hitting coach for the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2005 and manager of the Class A-Advanced Jamestown Jammers in 2006. After that, he served as Florida Marlins' third base coach and outfield and baserunning instructor from 2007 to 2009.[5]

Porter became the Diamondbacks third base coach in 2010,[6] after he declined the Marlins' offer to remain with the organization.[7] Following the dismissal of manager A. J. Hinch and promotion of bench coach Kirk Gibson to interim manager in July 2010, Porter was promoted to bench coach.[5]

The Marlins interviewed Porter for their managing job in mid-2010, after they fired Fredi González.[8] Porter was fired by the Diamondbacks following the 2010 season.[9]

Porter was hired by the Washington Nationals on November 2, 2010 as their new third base coach taking over for Pat Listach. [10]

Porter was a finalist for the Florida Marlins & Pittsburgh Pirates Managerial positions after the 2010 season. The Marlins position eventually went to Florida's interim manager Edwin Rodriguez. While Porter accepted his position with the Nats before the Pirates finished their interview process.[11]

On September 6, 2012, Porter was involved in a benches-clearing incident during a game between the Nationals and the Chicago Cubs. Chicago bench coach Jamie Quirk was yelling, apparently at Porter, from inside the Cubs dugout, causing Porter to leave his position as third base coach and approach Quirk. Ultimately, both teams came out onto the field and Quirk was ejected by umpire Jerry Layne.[12]

On September 27, 2012, Porter was announced as the new manager of the Houston Astros for the 2013 season. Porter is also the first Astros manager to manage the team in the American League.[13]

Personal[edit]

Porter has lived in Houston, Texas, since 1996,[13] and founded and runs the Texas Hawkeyes select baseball team program.[citation needed] In January 2012, he founded The Bo Porter SELF Foundation[13] in Houston. SELF stands for Sports, Education, Life Skills, and Faith. Porter’s wife, Stacey, was born in and grew up in Houston.[13] They have a son Bryce.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Carr/Getty Images (October 5, 2012). "D'Alessandro: Newark's Bo Porter hopes to help revive baseball in the city by succeeding as Astros manager". NJ.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ McTaggart, Brian. "Hometown honors manager with 'Bo Porter Day'". MLB.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Former Two-Sport Standout Bo Porter is Honorary Captain
  4. ^ Sullivan, Paul Francis. "Houston Astros Will Name Bo Porter as Their New Manager". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Arizona Diamondbacks name Bo Porter bench coach". Azcentral.com. April 5, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Diamondbacks add Williams, Porter as coaches". NevadaAppeal.com. November 12, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Florida Marlins: More coaching staff vacancies – Florida Marlins – Sun-Sentinel". Blogs.sun-sentinel.com. October 9, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ Adam Berry. "Porter talks to Marlins about manager job | dbacks.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gibson signs 2-year deal; staff changes « Inside the D-backs". Taoofsteve.mlblogs.com. October 5, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nationals name Porter third-base coach | nationals.com: News". Washington.nationals.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Josh Alper %BloggerTitle% (November 2, 2010). "Bo Porter Joins Nats Coaching Staff, Out of Running in Pittsburgh, Florida". Mlb.fanhouse.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Fiammetta, Mike. Cubs drop tense game in Washington. MLB.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d Castillo, Jorge (April 4, 2014). "Astros manager Bo Porter, a Newark native, remains positive in his second season". The Star-Ledger. New Jersey On-Line LLC (NJ.com). Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  14. ^ "2014 Houston Astros Media Guide". Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

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