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09/27/2012 11:37 AM EST

Statement from Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo

In regards to the Houston Astros hiring of Bo Porter as their field manager:

"Bo Porter joined our staff in 2011 to instruct and coach our young players in how to play the game right, and in how to win. He has been invaluable to us and our drive toward our first postseason. Despite his obvious value, we allowed and encouraged Bo to meet with his hometown Houston Astros to pursue his dream to manage in the major leagues. He is smart, talented, and as fiery a competitor as there is in the game today. Bo will always be a member of the Nationals family, and we wish him every success with the Astros."

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