MLB notebook: Astros fire manager amid dismal season
The Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.”
Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Angels.
Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.
Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said the decision was not based on “our current level of competitiveness.”
The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the AL West with the second-worst record in the league.
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