Tigers hire A.J. Hinch as manager, beginning in 2021

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A.J. Hinch has been named the Detroit Tigers new manager. He replaces Ron Gardenhire, who had to step down this past season due to health reasons.

Gardenhire was replaced by Lloyd McClendon to finish the season. Hinch is the 39th manager in franchise history.

Former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch looks on during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals
A.J. Hinch looks on during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals (Getty Images)

He has received a multi-year deal to lead the Tigers. Hinch was the front-runner for the job after since Gardenhire stepped down.

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Due to an MLB investigation, Hinch and former General Manager Jeff Luhnow lost their jobs with the Houston Astros earlier this year. The investigation found that Hinch and Luhnow knew of a cheating scandal that rocked baseball.

None of the players were punished for their actions. Only Hinch, Luhnow, and the organization were punished.

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Both Hinch and Luhnow were suspended for the 2020 season. That suspension is now up, which allowed Hinch to interview for this Tigers job.

The 46-year-old Waverly, Iowa native is 570-452 as a manager. This is his third managerial opportunity in Major League Baseball.

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Besides being the manager of the Astros from 2015 through 2019, he also spent two seasons as the Arizona Diamondbacks manager in 2009 and 2010.

With the Diamondbacks, he went 89-123. He was fired after 79 games of the 2010 season.

As the Astros manager, he went 481-329. He guided the team to three straight American League West crowns from 2017 through 2019.

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Twice the Astros won the American League pennant. Hinch also guided the Astros to the 2017 World Series Championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With this move, he inherits a young team, like he did with the Astros.

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