Bo Porter probably won’t be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers with Jeff Luhnow today.
Indeed, there was more than just smoke with the recent Porter-Luhnow rumblings.
Porter has been fired by the Astros, less than two years into his tenure with the rebuilding organization. Bench coach Dave Trembley is also gone. Corpus Christi manager Tom Lawless takes over as the interim manager and former Astros’ shortstop Adam Everett has also been added to the major league coaching staff.
Whether it was about his players or his relationship with managers, Porter seemed to prefer to play out his opinions in public. Jim Crane and Luhnow seem to prefer the private, behind-the-scenes method of communication, making Porter’s continual comments to the media difficult to balance.
Moreover, in the Astros’ press release about the firings, Luhnow seems to take responsibility for the Astros’ win-loss record and, in essence, confirmed recent reports of unrest in the organization.
This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible. Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.
Crane also solidified his support of Luhnow in his own statement: ” Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”
Let the rants and raves begin.