The Houston Astros have seemingly been on the right track since blowing everything up and rebuilding the organization from scratch a few years ago – until this. Firing manager Bo Porter just a year and a half into his tenure seems to be a rash decision that could derail the foundation that was laid forth for the future of the organization.
While the record of the Astros was anything but desirable (59-79), it is still a vast improvement over their 2013 season-ending record of 51-111. However, recent rumors have suggested a rift between Porter and general manager Jeff Lunhow. And instead of working through such disagreements, Lunhow chose to take control. Lunhow explained the firing as such:
“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.”
The interesting thing is how respected Porter was among his players, according to reports. Many have praised Porter’s ability to cultivate and develop the young, raw talent on his roster – a roster, as Lunhow explains, that Porter isn’t responsible to putting together. If the team was improving, the talent was developing and the manager respected, then why were things abruptly shelved?
Perhaps there is more to the situation than we are being told. But as far as the how it looks on the outside, it seems as though Lunhow has made an incredibly irresponsible decision. And going forward, it will be very interesting to see how his rebuilding plan – one that featured Porter at the center – will continue to unfold without the main man leading and teaching in the clubhouse.
For an organization that cannot afford to take a step back, the Astros better be completely certain they made the right decision.
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