fbpx
MLB

Bo Porter Is Switching Up The Houston Astros’ Steez

It could be a year or two before the national conversation latches on to this, but first-year manager Bo Porter is having a cultural impact on the Houston Astros that didn’t exist in the last two historically bad seasons that saw 100-plus loss records.

The Astros haven’t finished a season less than 11 games behind the division leader since 2006, a year after representing the National League in the World Series where the Astros were swept by the Chicago White Sox in a forgettable championship round.

Houston finished 11 games back in the NL Central in ’05, but still managed to claim a Wild Card berth into the playoffs that season, which led to the only World Series appearance in franchise history. It’s been downhill from there. The Astros have averaged 71 wins a season since ’06, and the past two seasons were embarrassing, with 106 and 107 losses to round out their NL tenure.

This season, the Astros are going to be the last American League squad to record 30 wins. Rather than being intolerant of all that losing, fans in Houston have grown immune to housing a terrible baseball team in a town that normally carries its pride on its sleeve.

Former manager Brad Mills had the team on cruise control once the organization began gutting the roster. Mills saw Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman and a bunch of dead weight leave the squad during a three-season stretch.

He knew what time it was. The Astros weren’t about to contend any time soon. Losing had become the reality, and his days were numbered as the “super nice guy” figurehead on the team.

Insert Bo Porter, and it’s a completely different aesthetic. Part of that credit goes to a new ownership and managerial crew for seeing something in Porter that was lacking in key leadership positions on the ballclub.

Porter was the high-energy, loudmouth third-base coach for the young, rising Washington Nationals last season. He’s bounced around a bit, landing his first manager gig with a rebuilding Astros team that’s better equipped to compete in Class AAA.

Yet, this guy makes absolutely no excuses and refuses to concede that he’s managing an awful baseball squad. The Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith wrote this, following a 4-3 win against an equally bad Cubs team Saturday:

It’s a 29-47 club that regularly finds ways to nearly lose games and too often does. But since May 15, the Astros are 19-17 and an aggressive, upbeat team that’s too young and too naïve to give in discovers ways to win.

“It comes down to break points,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “We’ve talked about it since the beginning of spring training. In order to play these types of close games, you have to play good baseball.

“What I love about our ballclub is, even though we make some mistakes, they don’t hang their head. They keep battling, they keep fighting, and we find a way to either get ourselves back in the game or make it a ballgame every night.”

No excuses, but no delusion, either.

It’s a young team with a first-year manager. Ask the baseball community and they’ll tell you Bo Porter doesn’t know a few basic rules of the game.

Recall that May 9 matchup against the Angels when he got away with an illegal pitching change. Porter swapped relievers without the first one ever throwing a pitch. Homie smooth-talked the umpires (who apparently didn’t know the rules, either) into allowing such an obvious violation. It had the baseball world buzzing for a minute.

Maybe his was a misinterpretation of the rule, or maybe he played the refs like suckers in that particular moment. Either way, Porter fought on that lie.

Not to confuse Porter with someone who isn’t interested in having his team play the right way. He ripped into the guys after a lackluster 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals earlier this month by letting them know that losing the game is one thing, but playing the right way was an absolute requirement.

Porter’s level of intensity is unmatched by what’s been seen in Houston the last few years.

“I think it starts with Bo – the tone he sets every day,” first baseman Brett Wallace said after Houston beat the Rangers in the season opener. “He’s got that energy and an aggressiveness about him. He’s really instilled that in us. Every day, whether we had drills or we had a game, we were attacking it and being aggressive. I think you can already see it in Game 1 today.”

It’s going to be a while before the Astros nudge their ways into the national conversation. Hell, only 40 percent of local cable subscribers can watch the team due to the bizarre contract dispute between Comcast and cable providers. Most of the city couldn’t really watch James Harden’s first season as a Rocket without hitting up a bar or catching them on those rare national broadcasts.

Even the mold-infested Astrodome, the team’s 20th century home, is getting more local attention than the Astros. With the city winning the 2017 Super Bowl bid, everyone’s trying to figure out what to do with the eighth wonder of the world – besides turning it into parking space.

The Texans have been the most successful team in the city the last couple of years, and it’s a football town, first and foremost. So, it bears mentioning that Porter brings that football mentality to the diamond while challenging his squad to fight tooth-and-nail no matter how overmatched they are. Yet he’s still open to all the team’s nerd data provided by the front office, because he’s just new-school enough to understand that it matters.

Laugh at the Astros while you can. It won’t always be this way, and – trust – Bo knows.

Tags

Related Articles

143 Comments

  1. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  2. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  3. Unquestionably imagine that which you stated. Your favourite reason appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to bear in mind of. I say to you, I certainly get irked even as people consider worries that they plainly do not realize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as neatly as outlined out the whole thing with no need side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  4. Appreciate it for helping out, excellent info. “Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.” by Charles Horton Cooley.

  5. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So good to search out any person with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with somewhat originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  6. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  7. I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this site. Studying this information So i am happy to convey that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I so much definitely will make sure to do not forget this website and give it a glance on a constant basis.

  8. I really enjoy looking through on this site, it holds superb blog posts. “It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy – from lack of character.” by Dag Hammarskjld.

  9. I used to be very happy to search out this internet-site.I needed to thanks to your time for this excellent read!! I definitely having fun with each little little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.

  10. Thank you for any other great article. Where else may just anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect approach of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

  11. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  12. Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the ebook in it or something. I feel that you can do with a few p.c. to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, that is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

  13. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything. However think about if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this website could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Great blog!

  14. Those are yours alright! . We at least need to get these people stealing images to start blogging! They probably just did a image search and grabbed them. They look good though!

  15. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be working with? I’m having some small security problems with my latest website and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

  16. Excellent site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

  17. Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.

  18. I am curious to find out what blog system you happen to be using? I’m having some minor security issues with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any recommendations?

  19. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. However think about if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this site could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Wonderful blog!

  20. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Thanks

  21. I just couldn’t depart your site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the usual information a person supply in your guests? Is gonna be again frequently in order to inspect new posts.

  22. Great ?V I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..

  23. Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  24. I like this site very much, Its a rattling nice situation to read and get info . “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” by Sir Winston Churchill.

  25. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or advice. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

  26. Hiya very cool website!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds additionallyKI’m satisfied to search out a lot of useful information right here within the submit, we’d like work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  27. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your website is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you?¦ve on this website. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What a perfect website.

  28. Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  29. I simply could not go away your website before suggesting that I really loved the usual info an individual provide to your visitors? Is going to be again frequently to check up on new posts

  30. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Hello very nice website!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally…I’m happy to search out a lot of useful info right here within the publish, we want develop extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  32. I just could not depart your website before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is going to be back often to check up on new posts

  33. Aw, this was a very nice post. In concept I wish to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and precise effort to make an excellent article… however what can I say… I procrastinate alot and not at all seem to get something done.

  34. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  35. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your weblog. You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested. Many thanks!

  36. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re incredible! Thanks!

  37. I’ve been surfing online greater than 3 hours lately, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty price sufficient for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the web can be much more helpful than ever before.

  38. I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site 🙂

  39. It’s really a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you simply shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  40. That is the correct blog for anyone who desires to seek out out about this topic. You understand so much its nearly arduous to argue with you (not that I truly would need…HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply nice!

  41. We stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web page repeatedly.

  42. Hello There. I discovered your weblog the use of msn. That is an extremely smartly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  43. I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours nowadays, but I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It’s pretty value sufficient for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the internet shall be a lot more useful than ever before. “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.” by Hellen Keller.

  44. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  45. Hey! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  46. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or advice. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read more things about it!

  47. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

  48. Undeniably believe that that you stated. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the net the simplest factor to consider of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while other folks think about concerns that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , other people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  49. Admiring the dedication you put into your site and detailed information you offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  50. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

  51. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

  52. Great ?V I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  53. Wow, amazing blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made running a blog look easy. The total glance of your web site is fantastic, as smartly as the content material!

  54. I¦ll immediately grab your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please permit me understand in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  55. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this article is awesome, great written and include approximately all important infos. I would like to look more posts like this .

  56. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my users would certainly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thanks a lot!

  57. Good V I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..

  58. I really enjoy looking at on this site, it has got fantastic blog posts. “The living is a species of the dead and not a very attractive one.” by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

  59. I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I definitely liked reading everything that is written on your website.Keep the tips coming. I enjoyed it!

  60. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and may come back sometime soon. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great writing, have a nice morning!

  61. Just wanna input on few general things, The website layout is perfect, the written content is very good. “Taxation WITH representation ain’t so hot either.” by Gerald Barzan.

  62. Excellent post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very useful information particularly the remaining section 🙂 I handle such info much. I used to be looking for this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  63. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  64. I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  65. I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  66. Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  67. What i don’t understood is in reality how you’re no longer really much more neatly-preferred than you might be now. You’re so intelligent. You already know therefore considerably relating to this subject, made me for my part believe it from so many various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be interested until it is something to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. All the time deal with it up!

  68. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  69. Somebody essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Magnificent job!

  70. Generally I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice post.

  71. Thank you for another informative web site. The place else could I get that kind of info written in such an ideal means? I’ve a venture that I am simply now working on, and I have been on the look out for such info.

  72. Very interesting topic, appreciate it for posting. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” by Mark Twain.

  73. Definitely consider that that you said. Your favourite reason appeared to be on the web the easiest factor to consider of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while folks think about worries that they just do not recognise about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thanks

  74. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  75. There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.

  76. A lot of thanks for all your labor on this blog. Debby take interest in engaging in investigations and it is obvious why. Almost all know all relating to the compelling ways you create simple strategies through the web site and even foster participation from people on that point plus our own simple princess is in fact discovering a whole lot. Take advantage of the rest of the new year. You’re performing a splendid job.

  77. Leading Online Pharmacy – Contact us at +1 (917) 259-3352 for unbelievable rates, discount and offers on any medicine. Get it delivered free of cost at your door steps, call us today. Phone : +1 (917) 259-3352

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close