[September 02, 2014](Reuters) - The struggling Houston
Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday,
bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014
Houston has gone 59-79 this season and lies fourth in the
American League West standings with only state rivals, the Texas
Rangers, below them.
"Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win
unquestioned," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a
statement. "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
"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."
The Astros said the search for a new manager would begin
"This was not an easy decision to make," said Astros owner Jim
"We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full
support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston
Porter had been Astros manager since the start of the 2013 season,
appointed to the position in September 2012 after serving as
third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. He had a 110-190
record with Astros.