The Washington Times - September 27, 2012, 01:25AM

PHILADELPHIA — Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will be named the next manager of the Houston Astros, a source confirmed to The Washington Times.

Porter, who lives outside of Houston in the offseason, interviewed for the Astros managerial opening on Sept. 13 and has been considered a top managerial candidate on multiple occasions before this one, including twice with the Miami Marlins and once with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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The Astros are expected to name their next manager in a press conference Thursday morning. The Nationals did give permission to Porter to interview despite the fact that the request came in the midst of their own important season.

Porter was unavailable for comment, but it is expected he will finish the season with the Nationals.

The Astros also interviewed Boston Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar as well as Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. They also interviewed interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, who had been managing the team since the Astros let Brad Mills go on Aug. 19.

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. Along with bench coach Randy Knorr, Porter was considered one of two of the prime candidates in that situation.

Porter’s hiring was first reported by FOXsports.com.