Tigers hire former Astros skipper A.J. Hinch as manager

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 10/30/20

A.J. Hinch, who guided the Houston Astros to the 2017 World Series title but lost his job with the organization due to the scandal tied to that championship, is back in the big leagues. 

The Detroit Tigers confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in MLB by announcing Hinch as their new manager on Friday. Detroit’s official statement noted that the 46-year-old joined the Tigers one year to the day after he managed the Astros in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series that Houston lost to the Washington Nationals. 

Hinch was previously linked with the Chicago White Sox after general manager Rick Hahn parted ways with manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper and explained that he wanted “someone who has experience with a championship organization in recent years” for the club’s new skipper. The White Sox instead hired Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa on Thursday.

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