Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Houston Astros have dismissed manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley after the team dropped to 59-79.
The Astros made the move despite Porter surpassing their win total from each of their previous three seasons. He was appointed to the post on Sept. 27, 2012 while he served as third-base coach for the Washington Nationals.
They went 51-111 in 2013, finishing with the worst record in the Majors for a third year in a row.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
“This was not an easy decision to make. 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,” Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement.
The Astros’ search for a new manager will begin immediately, the team said.
Tom Lawless was named interim manager through the remainder of the 2014 season. Adam Everett will join Houston’s coaching staff, replacing Trembley as bench coach. The remaining coaches will continue in their current roles.
Lawless has close to 35 years of experience in baseball as a Major League player, Minor League manager and coach. He served as the manager for Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this season while Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave before returning to his role as a roving infield instructor.
Everett, who spent parts of 11 seasons in the Majors as a shortstop, including seven with the Astros (2001-07), rejoined the Astros organization as a Minor League infield instructor in 2013.