The Astros are going to announce their new manager today at 5:30. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle says that man will be A.J. Hinch.
Hinch is a former catcher and managed the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 and 2010. Since then he’s been in the Padres front office in a scouting and assist GM capacity. The Arizona stint ended badly — there were reports of a clubhouse revolt, and Hinch himself has said that the focus tended to be on his lack of experience and that it created hostility — but 2009 is a very different time than 2014 for managers. Then, a young, inexperienced skipper like Hinch was rather unheard. These days there are TONS of guys who fit the profile Hinch fit in 2009. Former players with little experience, being plugged in to the GM’s system.
And of course, Hinch has has last experience and whatever experience he has gained in the San Diego front office to aid him. The Cubs interviewed him last year when their job was vacant, so baseball has not decided he doesn’t get a second chance. And now, it seems, he’ll get that second chance.