Nationals third base coach Bo Porter interviewed for the Marlins’ vacant managerial position this afternoon, hours before the Nationals will begin their season-concluding series in Florida. Porter walked into the Nationals’ clubhouse decked out in a suit and tie after meeting with Marlins brass for 2 ½ hours.
“I hope it went well,” Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. “But I hope we don’t lose him.”
Porter, 39, has previously interviewed to become the Marlins manager twice, and he worked in the organization from 2005 to 2009. He also interviewed before the 2010 season to become the Nationals’ manager and this offseason to fill the Pirates’ managerial job.
Marlins Manager Jack McKeon, 80, officially announced today that he will not return next season.
General Manager Mike Rizzo has given Porter his blessing to pursue managerial openings, and Porter has assured Rizzo that he will remain with the Nationals if another team does not hire him to become its manager. Porter joined the Nationals’ coaching staff this year.
It has been something of a tumultuous year for the Nationals’ coaching staff. After Manager Jim Riggleman resigned abruptly in late June, bench coach John McLaren resigned following a three-day stint as interim manager. Once Johnson took over, the Nationals fired first base coach Dan Radison. Pat Corrales and Trent Jewett replaced McLaren and Radison.
While Johnson will very likely return as manager, the Nationals still have an unsettled situation. Johnson said he plans to keep his coaching staff intact so long as he remains the manager. “I imagine they’ll be here,” Johnson said. “I like them all.”