May 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Kelly Johnson (24) shakes hands with third base coach Bo Porter (16) after hitting a two run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
This is again another candidate with managerial experience under his belt, but one I actually advocated for when he was relieved of his duties by the Houston Astros.
Players loved playing for him (as noted by Scott Feldman in the previous link) and despite his very poor record, many believe he outperformed his team’s expectations given the
talent lack of talent that he had to deal with on a daily basis down in Minute Maid Park.
Porter is currently the third base coach with the Atlanta Braves, but I am sure he would jump at another opportunity to head a ball club. Porter is another high-energy prospective manager, but one that can relate to his players better than Guillen probably can out of the gate while demanding the respect that comes with the position, as he is well-respected across the baseball industry.
Porter would also be used to a rebuilding process if the club does get torn apart either by the trade deadline or in the off-season.
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