Colorado Rockies Manager Search: Bo Porter in the Mix?

Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third base coach Bo Porter (16) coaches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third base coach Bo Porter (16) coaches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Another name from within the Atlanta Braves organization has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacant Colorado Rockies manager position.

Bo Porter, a former Major League manager who is now serving as Atlanta’s special assistant to the general manager, is in the conversation for a potential interview, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Porter joins Eddie Perez, who was recently linked through social media to the Colorado opening, as members of Atlanta’s staff who might get an interview with the Rockies.

The former Houston Astros manager has spent the past two seasons as Atlanta’s third base coach. When Brian Snitker was recently named as Atlanta’s manager, Porter was promoted to special assistant to Braves general manager John Coppolella. According to Harding, part of Porter’s new position includes helping with transferring data sciences and analytics to the field.

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Porter was hired as Houston’s manager on September 27, 2012 and fired just under two years later. During his time in Houston, the Astros posted a 110-190 record.

He appeared in 89 games during his MLB playing career between 1999-2001 with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers. His best season came in 2001 with the Rangers when he batted .230 in 48 games.

Porter played 14 games for Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs in 2002.

He is the fourth name mentioned to replace Walt Weiss who has at least one year of MLB managerial experience. Porter joins former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, and former Astros manager Brad Mills.

We also listed five potential candidates in this article.

On a call with media members shortly after Weiss resigned, Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich did not specify that MLB managing experience would be a prerequisite for the Rockies position.

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Weiss resigned from his position the day after the 2016 regular season ended. In four seasons in Colorado, Weiss compiled a 283-365 mark, including a 75-87 record in 2016.

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