AJ Hinch has been hired as the Detroit Tigers next manager on the day his suspension ended stemming from the trash can scandal.
AJ Hinch, Former Cheater, Now Tigers Manager
After the cheating scandal broke the news last January, Hinch was suspended and then fired by the Houston Astros after the cheating scandal broke the news. However, as expected, it did not take him long to find a job. The Tigers have a very young team with a lot of potential and a good farm system.
After Ron Gardenhire retired in 2020, midseason, Detriot was in the market for a manager. The Tigers have been awful for quite a while as they build their team back up.
Hinch Works Well With Young Talent
Promising young players such as Casey Mize have the Tigers future looking bright as ever. However, Hinch brings along some unnecessary baggage. The cheating scandal in Houston is going to follow him all year. Maybe, even for life.
After the signing, Hinch addressed the media in a press conference, discussing being a Tiger now and the Houston scandal.
Having a talented young core of players, a dedicated leadership group, and a passionate fan base was exactly what I was looking for in a team.AJ Hinch
I understand the question and I understand how wrong it was. I’m sorry for that, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I’ll continue to say that. I’ll never forget the feeling that I’ve had throughout the past year.AJ Hinch
Nevertheless, Hinch was signed for his reputation of turning around franchises. The Astros were bottom feeders for several years before Hinch arrived. In his tenure, the Houston Astros made it to two World Series, winning one of them.
Hinch has an excellent track record working with young prospects such as Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and Jose Altuve. The Tigers have a perfect opportunity with the high draft picks they have accumulated over the years. However, the Tigers are looking to start developing their players at the MLB level immediately. Hinch is a great hire and should pan out just fine for Detriot.