The Washington Times - September 13, 2012, 02:30PM

Nationals third base coach Bo Porter is in Houston interviewing for the 2013 Astros managerial job, according to a multiple reports out of Houston. Porter was unavailable for comment or to confirm the report. 

Porter, who lives outside of Houston in the offseason, is not a surprising choice for the Astros to bring in as they begin their search to find out who will succeed the recently let go Brad Mills. Porter has been a managerial candidate on multiple occasions before this, including twice with the Marlins and once with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Tony DeFrancesco has been managing the Astros on an interim basis.

This is Porter’s second season as the Nationals’ third base coach but he’s been a coach for the Marlins and a manager in the Marlins minor league organization. He was a coach for the Diamondbacks prior to coming to Washington for the 2011 season.

A well-respected instructor, Porter is responsible for the Nationals’ outfielders, as well as the baserunning game. 

When Porter interviewed for the Marlins’ vacancy at the end of the 2011 season, the Nationals made it clear they would love to keep him but would not stand in they way of his moving on for a more prominent position. 

The Nationals have a somewhat open-ended arrangement with Davey Johnson as far as their own managerial position goes but it is assumed that they would prefer their next manager, whenever that person is needed, to come from within their organization. Porter and bench coach Randy Knorr are two of the prime candidates in that situation.