Monday, September 29, 2014

Report: A.J. Hinch will be next Astros manager

According to Evan Drellich on Twitter, ex-Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch is soon to be named the next manager of the Houston Astros. Brian McTaggart has reported that the Astros will announce their new manager at a 5:30pm press conference today.

Hinch, 40, managed the Diamondbacks from May 8, 2009 through July 1, 2010, finishing with a 89-123 record (.420). He served as VP of Professional Scouting for the Padres from September 21, 2010 until he resigned on August 5 this year. He was a catcher in the Majors for 7 seasons, 1998-2004, playing in 350 games for Oakland, Kansas City, Detroit and Philadelphia, and has a Psychology degree from Stanford.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well that sucks. Losing confidence in the front office. Any one else remember how terrible this guy was in Arizona? I guess he is just another place holder.

(Not Hank) Aaron said...

That was his first major league experience. In the interim, he has spent a time is various capacities in the front office. He would not be the first manager to struggle in his first try, learn from the experience, and succeed.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping for some experience at leadership. Maybe if he would have spent some time learning how to lead a team managing in the minors but FO will not translate to the clubhouse. The dbacks didn't believe he earned the job then and I don't see any reason to think that has changed. (Not Hank) You think this is a good choice?

(Not Hank) Aaron said...

I think it could be. It could be a disaster, but I think that's true of anything. Lot of baseball people I respect think this is a great hire.

Anonymous said...

I hope your friends are right but I think this marks the the turning point on luhnow. The j curve now only points south. Watching hinch take a decent team and running them into the ground was hard to watch. Its shocking he is getting another chance, I wish it was with a competitor. Maybe he wont put inspiration messages on the wall or hang mirrors in lockers but sure doesn't seem like an upgrade.

JoeinAlaska said...

I'm willing to give him a fair shot but also have concerns based on his Arizona stint. I was really hoping Dave Clark, Lawless, DeFranscisco or Listach would get the job. But maybe a fresh face wouldn't be so bad.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it will be fine. 4 ranger fans have texted me laughing.

MoleBoy said...

That's really thinking outside the box. Like, so far out that it is actually inside a completely different box.

Scott Eiland said...

I'm reserving judgment on the Hinch hiring. As long as he doesn't do things that actively hurt the team's chances scoring runs (batting Dominguez second, bunting, pinch-running for Carter when he walks in the 8th inning with 2 outs, etc.) I'm willing to give a guy a chance. We shall see. I hope it works. Heck, I've been an Astros fan through the last five years...it's not like a managerial hiring is going to drive me away. Unless it was Ron Washington. Because THAT would have sucked.

John Martin said...

As long as Strom sticks around, I was ambivalent about the manager hire. Hinch will be good or he won't, ultimately he won't make that big of an impact. Bo was terrible and the Astros still improved by 19 games. All Hinch has to do is not be as terrible as Bo and to me that's a pretty low bar.

Anonymous said...

I will be an astro fan as long as i live. If you have mlb.tv go back and watch some dbacks games from 2009. Hitch is f...ing clueless when it comes to managing on field. His itching changes will make you ask wtf?. I hope he learned from his stupidity. He had a very strong group of young talented players and he managed a .436 winning percentage first season .392 second season. Bo had a .315 first season and .428 this year. Bo sucked. Aj .....

I hope I'm wrong but this looks like luhnow really ....ed up. We have a FO guy managing out team. I predict 1.3 years as manager and we get 1-1 next year.