A pair of major-league managerial moves were announced today, and both involved former Midwest Leaguers.
The Houston Astros announced that Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will be their next manager. Porter, however, will remain with the Nationals until Washington’s postseason run ends.
Porter played in 89 major-league games, with the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers. He played 171 games in the Midwest League — 66 with the 1994 Peoria Chiefs and 105 with the 1996 Rockford Cubbies. Cumulatively, he hit .252 with 13 HR, 73 RBI and 36 SB in the Midwest League.
Porter will replace Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, who hit .258 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 28 games with the 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds.
In other managerial news today, the Cleveland Indians fired Manny Acta, replacing him with Sandy Alomar, Jr., as interim manager for the final six games of the season. Acta played 78 games with the 1991 Burlington Astros, hitting .257 with 2 HR and 35 RBI, and he managed the 1997 Quad City River Bandits (59-75).
Alomar didn’t play or manage in the Midwest League, but his father, Sandy Alomar, Sr., hit .278 in 77 games with the 1961 Davenport Braves.
In addition to Alomar, former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona reportedly is being considered to helm the Indians next season. Francona’s first job as a skipper was managing the 1992 South Bend White Sox (73-64).
Interested in knowing which other major-league managers have ties to the Midwest League? Most of them do. You can read about them in this post I wrote in April.