The Houston Astros have relieved manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley of their duties.
A press conference is scheduled for 2:00pm today.
Published reports suggest there has been friction between Porter and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. The GM has brought prospects in for clubhouse and bullpen sessions without consulting his manager, and Luhnow has also been publicly critical of Porter’s in-game decisions.
Tom Lawless, who was an interim manager for the Astros’ AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City, will lead the team for the remainder of the season. Adam Everett –who spent 11 years as a major league shortstop - will reportedly be named interim bench coach. He played for the Astros from 2001-07
Luhnow issued the following statement ahead of today’s press conference:
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned. 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.
“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.
“Moving forward, I am optimistic about the direction of our team. Our young core continues to progress, and I believe wholeheartedly that our plan—while at times challenging—is working and will bring a consistent winner to Houston in the very near future.
“We wish Bo and his family well, and feel he will be successful in future endeavors.”