Report: Nats' bench coach will interview for Marlins' managerial job

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Nationals third base coach Bo Porter's name came up last offseason as a possible managerial candidate. It's all but certain that will happen again this year. And if the Nationals don't make Porter their next manager, it's likely they could lose him.

A Washington Post report said Porter will interview for the Florida Marlins' managerial opening next week, getting another look from the team that employed him as a third base coach from 2005 to 2009.

Porter was considered for the Marlins' interim managerial opening last year, and he interviewed for the Pirates' managerial opening before Clint Hurdle got the job. By that point, Porter had already taken a job with the Nationals, replacing Pat Listach as bench coach.

He's been a popular figure in the clubhouse during his first year in Washington, coordinating the team's baserunning game and coaching the Nationals' outfielders. If they lose him, the Nationals could be missing out on one of the game's up-and-coming managerial prospects.

Davey Johnson has said he will manage the Nationals through this season and be part of the search for the next manager, though many expect the 68-year-old Johnson to continue on his current job after managing the Nationals for the final three months of the 2011 season.

Johnson's Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the NL East champion Phillies with a 6-1 win Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

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