Former Texas Rangers boss Nolan Ryan may merely be an advisor for the Houston Astros but he will have a say in whomever the club hires next now that they have dumped manager Bo Porter.
The Astros fired the former Rangers outfielder, who was in his second season with the team. The team promoted Tom Lawless to be interim manager. The Astros were 110-190 under Porter, including 59-79 this season. They could win 70 games this season, which would be a 19-win improvement from their impressive 111-loss team last year.
There is not a manager alive who could have won with this roster this season. Next season, however, and 2016, this team has the necessary toys to start winning. This can be a good job.
Do not be surprised when the Astros make a call to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux about this opening. He has interviewed for other managing jobs, but he was brought to the Rangers in 2008 by Nolan Ryan to handle this pitching staff. Just as there is no way the Rangers would risk making Maddux any type of scapegoat for this waste of a season and firing him, there is no way Maddux would be dumb enough not to accept the Astros job.
He has been with the Rangers for six seasons, and in his tenure team posted four consecutive sub 4.00 ERAs for only the second time in team history. Maddux was the Brewers' pitching coach from 2003 to 2008. He was the Double A Round Rock pitching coach from the latter half of 2000 to 2002.
Maddux is regarded as one of the best in his position, but unlike other "celebrity" pitching coaches such as Dave Duncan or Leo Mazzone, Maddux wants to be a manager. Given his long relationship with Nolan Ryan, the state of the Rangers and Astros, it makes sense he would not only get an interview, but the job.
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