The thing Astros manager Bo Porter likes most about playing his home games at Minute Maid Park? There will never be a rainout.

That was one of the tidbits the first-year manager shared with fans, who were able to ask Porter questions on Tuesday afternoon through Facebook, Twitter and video in the latest version of the Edward Jones Chatting Cage on

In addition to touching on Minute Maid Park, Porter talked about the process of turning the Astros into champions, what he misses about his time with the Nationals and what makes All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve a great player.

"He's in his second full season and already has been an All-Star and is arguably one of the best pure hitters in our game," Porter said. "You just love coming to the park and watching him play every day. He plays the game with passion and energy and plays it the way it's supposed to be played. He's a joy for me to manage each and every day, and fans are just starting to realize how good of a player he is."

After spending two seasons as the third-base coach of the Washington Nationals, Porter took over an Astros club that's rebuilding and focusing on youth and player development. He remains steadfast in supporting the team's direction and is committed to its young players.

Of course, with so many young players occupying key roles, there are going to be growing pains. A fan from College Station, Texas, wanted to know how Porter deals with those.

"At the Major League level, a lot of people think they're finished products," Porter said. "That's definitely not the case. There are always teachable moments that happen through the course of the day. This is a performance-based league, and sometimes you have to use your emotional sensitivities and pick the right time to talk to a player.