Ex-Astros manager Hinch hired to same position by Detroit Tigers
On Friday, the Detroit Tigers named A.J. Hinch their new manager. The move came after Hinch, ex-manager of the Houston Astros, saw his MLB suspension end at the conclusion of the 2020 season. The Tigers said the contract is a multiyear deal and announced his signing on Twitter. Hinch’s suspension lasted the entire season and ended following the end of the World Series on Tuesday.
Hinch, 46, has a chance to resurrect his managerial career. His suspension came from the team’s numerous violations during their championship run in 2017. After the MLB conducted extensive investigations, the league determined that the Astros used video feed from a camera in centerfield to decode signs from the opponent’s catchers, and Houston players would bang on trash cans to signal to hitters what pitch was coming.
Hinch steps in to take over a rebuilding Tigers team for Ron Gardenhire, who retired late this past season. During his MLB playing days, Hinch was a catcher for the Tigers in 2003.
In each of his five seasons in Houston, Hinch posted a winning record. Along with the tainted 2017 World Series title, he led Houston to the AL Pennant in 2019. His overall record as an MLB manager is 570-452. For more sports coverage, click here.