The Houston Astros announced Monday that they have fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley. Tom Lawless was named interim manager through the end of the season.
Porter was with the Astros for less than two years and was let go after leading the team to a 59-79 record this season, the second-worst in the American League.
“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,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.
“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.”