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Tigers hire former Astros skipper A.J. Hinch as manager

Detroit finished the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with a 23-35 record and dead last in the American League Central standings. 

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Fan Poll: Do you approve of A.J. Hinch’s hiring?

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The Detroit Tigers made a major move by hiring the much-maligned former Astros manager. Let’s see how the fans feel.

A new era was ushered in on Friday when the Detroit Tigers announced that former Houston Astros head coach and 2017 World Series champion A.J. Hinch was signed on as the next manager of the team. He is the 39th person to hold the position after Ron Gardenhire abruptly retired before the end of the 2020 season due to health concerns. No specific...

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Tigers hire A.J. Hinch as new manager

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He becomes the 39th manager in franchise history.

In a whirlwind span of 24 hours, things flipped from unlikely to reality. The Detroit Tigers announced the hiring of A.J. Hinch as their new manager on Friday afternoon. The former Houston Astros skipper becomes the 39th manager in Tigers history.

Hinch has been presumed the most desirable target for general manager Al Avila all along. His player development experience and track record of hiring effective...

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Tigers Officially Name A.J. Hinch Manager

2:02 pm: The Tigers have announced Hinch’s hiring on a “multi-year” contract. 12:01 pm: The Tigers are expected to officially announce the hiring of A.J.

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Tigers GM: A.J. Hinch was ‘remorseful’ over Astros cheating

The Tigers obviously felt that the year-long suspension was punishment enough and trust that Hinch’s winning track record is not a result of the cheating.

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BYB Podcast 92: Talking A.J. Hinch with Cody Stavenhagen of the Athletic Detroit

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The Tigers appear set to make the former Astros skipper their 49th manager in team history.

What wizardry was this? Certain that the White Sox would hire the former Astros skipper, we didn’t really allow ourselves to hope this would happen. Now, as we record on the evening of Thursday, October 29th, A.J. Hinch appears to be a lock to become the 49th manager in Detroit Tigers franchise history. For this episode we’re fortunate to be...

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Former Astros Manager A.J. Hinch Reportedly Viewed as Favorite for Tigers Job

Former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch may have another opportunity to get back on the bench relatively soon...

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Report: Tigers interview A.J. Hinch for managerial job

Hinch's resume includes a terrific 570-452 record, three 100-win seasons and a World Series title with the Astros in 2017. However, a sign-stealing scandal has called into question Hinch’s accomplishments in Houston.

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Tigers interview A.J. Hinch, per report

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The timing of Hinch’s interview speaks volumes about Detroit’s interest.

The Detroit Tigers interviewed former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch for the open spot in their dugout on Thursday, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Hinch, who previously spent five years with the Houston Astros and won the 2017 World Series, has been rumored to be the Tigers’ top target from the moment former skipper Ron Gardenhire resigned prior to the...

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White Sox hire Tony La Russa, which seems like a bad idea

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You never know how things will play out, but this was a questionable decision from the Tigers’ division rival.

In a stunning, yet still predictable decision, the Chicago White Sox announced that they have hired Tony La Russa as their new manager.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

La Russa, who is 76 years old and has not managed since his St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series back in 2011, has the Hall of Fame pedigree that the White Sox...

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Report: A.J. Hinch is ‘No. 1 candidate’ for Tigers manager job

Hinch clearly is not at risk of being blacklisted by MLB teams despite being a part of the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal.

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The Tigers may have a better shot at A.J. Hinch than it seems

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Yes there are more immediately attractive jobs available, but the Tigers gig may be just what Hinch is looking for.

With the 2020 season now in the books, two new managerial candidates are now available for team interviews. With their suspensions served, former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, and former Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora are free to return to the dugout, and there are several teams who will be interested.

We’ll leave Cora aside for the...

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Detroit Tigers waive OF Jorge Bonifacio, three others

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Detroit’s first round of offseason cuts were announced today, comprised of Bonifacio and a trio of pitchers.

The World Series only just concluded, but the Detroit Tigers are getting a head start on their offseason. Tuesday afternoon, the team announced that four players — outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, right-handed pitchers Dereck Rodriguez and Dario Agrazal, and left-handed pitcher Nick Ramirez — had cleared waivers and subsequently outrighted off...

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Analytics didn’t cost the Rays the World Series

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When it mattered most, Kevin Cash trusted his gut over the numbers, and it burned him.

The 2020 season is in the books, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the World Series champs after a fun, tense, and quite memorable Fall Classic. Ultimately, the Tampa Bay Rays offense just didn’t match up to the Dodgers firepower. However, an ill-fated decision to pull Rays’ starter Blake Snell out of the game in the sixth inning with Mookie Betts at the plate, doomed...

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Detroit Tigers News: The latest on Matt Manning plus the beginning of free agency

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The World Series is over, which means the long and dark winter lies ahead of us, but there are a few shimmering lights in the distance.

BREAKING NEWS: Baseball is officially over!

The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy after one of the craziest summers ever. Now that is all said and done, Tigers fans can finally give their undivided attention to the team’s...

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Tigers pitching prospect Matt Manning says he's 100% now

Presuming he is indeed healthy, Manning could debut for the Tigers at some point next year.

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Tigers Outright Three Players To Triple-A

The Tigers have outrighted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and right-handers Dario Agrazal and Dereck Rodriguez to Triple-A after the trio cleared waivers, the team announced (Twitter link).  Left-hander Nick Ramirez also cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent.

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Tigers interview Braves coach Sal Fasano for managerial opening

Now 49 years old, Fasano played for an array of teams during a major-league career that spanned from 1996-2008.

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Braves' Sal Fasano Reportedly Interviews for Tigers' Manager Job

Atlanta Braves catching instructor Sal Fasano has reportedly interviewed with the Detroit Tigers for their manager vacancy, according to Jason Beck of MLB .com...

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Tigers could make Mark Kotsay baseball’s latest first-time manager

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The longtime ballplayer and current Athletics coach was recently connected to the Tigers’ managerial vacancy.

Being in its early stages, the Tigers’ search for a new manager has encompassed a wide variety of coaches from across a number of superior organizations. Surprisingly, the majority of them are youthful up-and-comers, which would represent a bold choice for a front office group under pressure to improve the team in the...

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