WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 8: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals speaks with assistant coach Bo Porter #16 in the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 7-6. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros have tapped Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter to be their next manager.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi broke the news late Wednesday evening after the Nationals' 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In an unusual move, Porter will remain in his current position with Washington throughout the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
Porter, who interviewed for the position earlier this month, joined the Nationals in 2011 after stints with the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks.
"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 vice president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released by the team. "He has been invaluable to us and our drive toward our first postseason.
"Despite his obvious value, we allowed and encouraged Bo to meet with his hometown Houston Astros to pursue his dream to manage in the major leagues. He is smart, talented, and as fiery a competitor as there is in the game today. Bo will always be a member of the Nationals family, and we wish him every success with the Astros."
The Astros will finish with the league's worst record; they are currently 51-105. Houston, now in the National League Central, will move to the American League next season.
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