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A.J. Hinch

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Andrew Jay Hinch

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Biographical Information[edit]

A.J. Hinch was drafted in the second round of the 1992 amateur draft out of high school. He batted .440 for Team USA in the 1991 World Junior Championship and drove in 10 runs to tie for the team lead; he led them in average as they won Bronze. Hinch hit .450 with 10 steals, 11 runs and 9 RBI for the US in the 1992 World Junior Championship, leading the team in steals and finished second in average behind John Roskos as they won Silver. In the 1993 Intercontinental Cup, he hit .250/.400/.250 for Team USA while splitting catching duties with Darren Grass. Opponents stole 4 bases in 7 tries. Hinch was 2 for 3 with a walk in the semifinal upset win over Japan and went 0 for 2 against Omar Ajete coming off the bench in the Gold Medal game loss to Cuba. He batted .214/.290/.321 as the catcher for the US in the 1994 Baseball World Cup. He elected to attend Stanford University where he was a third round pick after his junior year in 1995. He decided to return to school and was again a third round pick as a senior in 1996. In the same year, he won a bronze medal for the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Even while playing, Hinch was planning a post-playing career. He even went so far as to go to the General Managers' winter meetings to look for future job opportunities and contacts in 2003. In July 2006 Baseball America named him one of baseball's "10 to watch" in the next 10 years for his promise as a Farm Director and future General Manager. He served as the Arizona Diamondbacks' Director of Player Development until May 8, 2009, when he was named manager of the team. It was an unexpected move as Hinch had neither coached nor managed in organized baseball. However, his predecessor Bob Melvin had been criticized for the lack of development by the many young players on the team, and Hinch's experience in that side of the game was seen as something the team badly needed at the time. However, the experiment lasted barely a year, as Hinch was fired, along with General Manager Josh Byrnes, on July 1, 2010. The team was in last place at the time, a position it had occupied for most of Hinch's tenure at the helm. Like Byrnes, Hinch joined the San Diego Padres in 2011 as Vice President, Professional Scouting.

On September 29, 2014, Hinch was hired by the Houston Astros as their new manager starting in 2015. He was succeeding Bo Porter, who had been fired on September 1st because of philosophical differences with GM Jeff Luhnow; Tom Lawless had guided the team in the interim.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1998 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • AL Pennant: 1 (2017)
  • Division Titles: 1 (2017)
  • Other Postseason Appearances: 1 (2015 - Wild Card)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (2017)
  • Managed one World Series Champions with the Houston Astros (2017)

Preceded by
Bob Melvin
Arizona Diamondbacks Manager
Succeeded by
Kirk Gibson
Preceded by
Tom Lawless
Houston Astros Manager
Succeeded by

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2009 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 58-75 5th Arizona Diamondbacks replaced Bob Melvin (12-17) on May 8
2010 Arizona Diamondbacks National League 31-48 -- Arizona Diamondbacks replaced by Kirk Gibson on July 1
2015 Houston Astros American League 86-76 2nd Houston Astros Lost ALDS
2016 Houston Astros American League 84-78 3rd Houston Astros
2017 Houston Astros American League 101-61 1st Houston Astros World Series Champs
2018 Houston Astros American League Houston Astros

Further Reading[edit]

  • Richard Justice: "Astros wise to hand Hinch extension: Manager has proven to be perfect fit with Houston", mlb.com, March 8, 2016. [1]
  • Richard Justice: "'Connections' with players are Hinch's priority: In second Major League managerial stint, Astros skipper focusing on building relationships", mlb.com, October 10, 2017. [2]
  • Richard Justice: "Hinch finds glory with style, substance: Astros manager builds relationships with players, shows faith in them", mlb.com, November 2, 2017. [3]
  • Austin Laymance: "Hinch lauded for leadership during title run: 'He pulled all the right strings,' Luhnow says of Astros' manager", mlb.com, November 2, 2017. [4]

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