Add Bo Porter to the short list of candidates the Marlins plan to interview this weekend for their managing opening. The former third-base coach for the Marlins, who now holds the same role with the Arizona Diamondbacks, confirmed to me a moment ago that he planned to interview for the job within the next couple of days. The Diamondbacks are in St. Petersburg preparing for a weekend series with the Rays.
While Bobby Valentine is the heavy favorite to get the job, Porter isn't counting himself out.
"I think I have a good chance," Porter said. "I know the organization. You have a team on the cusp of really making a push, and a get-to-know-you period may not be a good thing. With me, there's no get-to-know-you period. It would be a smooth transition."
Porter, 37, was the Marlins' third-base coach and outfield instructor from 2007-09 and interviewed last year for the Nationals' managerial position, one that Jim Riggleman ended up receiving. Valentine was also up for that job.
Porter also spent time in the Marlins' minor-league system as manager for Single A (Short-Season)Jamestown in 2006 and hitting coach for Single A Greensboro in 2005. He said he intended to speak Thursday night by phone with either Larry Beinfest or Mike Hill and decide how to proceed from there. He said it's possible he might not meet in person with Marlins executives.