TCB: What has Bo Porter brought to the Washington Nationals?
Patrick Reddington: Bo Porter's always talked about in terms of his influence on the Nats' outfielders' development and the team's baserunning. He was, of course, an outfield and baserunning coach in the Marlins' organization before moving on to the D-Backs and then joining the Nats and he came in with a reputation for having helped develop Josh Willingham and Giancarlo Stanton and was tasked almost immediately with helping Bryce Harper develop as an outfielder, and also calming down the hyper-aggressive nature of the 19-year-old on the basepaths. That's where you kind of see the most direct influence. The development of individual players like Harper, Roger Bernadina and Willingham when he was with Washington. Davey Johnson talked just last week about how Bryce Harper had kind of smoothed out his stride in the outfield in a way they thought was beneficial to the long-term health of his legs and the Nats' skipper credited Porter with noticing changes needed to be made helping Harper make the adjustments. The fact that he's helped develop some impressive young talent has to be something that appealed to the Astros.