The Houston Astros have been a team that have seemingly been rebuilding for the past several seasons, being one of the worst teams in baseball over that span.
The Astros have built up a strong minor league farm system with early draft picks and have several players waiting in the minors, and some up-and-coming talent already making their big league debut.
This rebuilding process will no longer include their former manager Bo Porter who was fired Monday afternoon. Porter was in his second season with the Astros after he left the Washington Nationals third-base coach duties. In his first season as skipper, the Astros finished 51-111 which was the worst in baseball and was also the third consecutive season where Houston lost 100 games.
This season was not much different as Porter and the Astros struggled. Houston is currently 20 games under the .500 mark and hold an overall record of 59-79. Despite showing a few signs of slowly turning the ball club around, Houston decided to let go of Porter and others to head in a new direction. The Astros will not lose 100 games this season and will snap that streak, but it wasn't enough for Porter and others to keep their job.
Along with Porter, bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go. Houston will have Tom Lawless, who has worked in the Astros minor league system, take over as interim manager. His first game as manager will be Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, who have been on a roll as of late, and are playing like one of the best teams in baseball.
After reaching the World Series as a Wild Card team in 2005, Houston has declined in a huge way by finishing last in their division and being one of the worst teams in baseball for nearly the past decade. The Astros made it to the World Series but were defeated by the Chicago White Sox.
Houston also made the transition from the National League to the American League last year as 2013 marked the first full season that the Astros were members of the American League. The switch did not matter as Houston had the worst record in the major leagues last year, and again are in last place in the American League West.
Potential World Series champions
Many believe that the Astros have a bright future and a ton of young talent, so much so that a recent Sports Illustrated magazine cover declared the Houston Astros as 2017 World Series Champions.
The Astros do indeed have young talent, and possibly have one the most exciting up-and-coming players who made his debut this year and posted great numbers before landing on the Disabled List, super prospect George Springer. Houston may be on the rise, but how long could it take before the Astros are relevant again?