Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday.
Porter was in the midst of his second year and bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” General manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “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.
“… What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so-even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”
The Astros were 59-79 and owned the second worst record in the league.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”
Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager.
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