The Astros won’t have a team captain in 2013.

First-year manager Bo Porter met with 10 players Wednesday morning during an “Astros Talk” session in the clubhouse, telling them he wants a group of leaders to guide the rebuilding team this season.

“I’m a firm believer that leaders have to exist in every area, every level of your organization,” Porter said Wednesday during a pre-workout interview at Osceola County Stadium. “If you want the organization to continue to grow and continue to thrive, then the leaders have to develop the next wave of leaders.”

In the meeting: Catchers Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan and Jason Jaramillo; pitchers Erik Bedard, Bud Norris, Philip Humber, Lucas Harrell, Wesley Wright, Jose Veras and Edgar Gonzalez.


“Some of those guys have been on other teams where there hasn’t been the situation that we have here, where we have a lot of young guys. And a lot of teams, these guys have been on teams and they’ve been the young guys,” Porter said. “They now find themselves in a situation where they become kind of like the older spokesmen. And like I said to them, I just want to make sure we’re all on one sheet of music and we all understand what leadership is all about.”

While Porter prefers an expanded leadership group, he won’t have overly strict clubhouse rules. Some managers limit everything from music to facial hair. Not Porter during his first year leading the Astros.

“I told the guys, ‘I’m not one for rules.’ I think rules is kind of a way to cookie-cut or put people in a box. We more so have standards,” Porter said. “ … This is a major-league clubhouse. You want it to be loose. You want it to be fun. You want them to be able to be who they are. Because I would rather know exactly who you are than to think that you’re somebody else and then one day the real guy shows up.”