A.J. Hinch denies report of involvement in hotel bar altercation


Update #2 (7:03 PM ET): Hinch denies the report from TMZ.


Update (6:11 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds some additional information:


TMZ Sports is reporting that Astros manager A.J. Hinch was involved in a heated bar altercation following his team’s loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series.

As TMZ tells it, Hinch was at the bar in his Pasadena hotel on Tuesday night having some drinks. Some patrons came in and started criticizing the Astros, which caused Hinch to snap. He allegedly yelled and cursed at the fans. According to a witness, the incident turned physical and the cops had to be called to intervene.

TMZ spoke to the Pasadena Police Department, who said they responded at 10:30 PM to help hotel security “keep the peace.” They described the incident as involving “team management” of the Houston Astros. No arrests were made and no report was taken. Hinch can still face punishment from Major League Baseball or the Astros, though, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.

If the report is true, this isn’t a good look for Hinch. Thus far, he’s had a squeaky clean image as a manager.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.