The Houston Astros named A.J. Hinch as their new manager.
Although the Astros were much improved in 2014, GM Jeff Ludnow saw fit to fire Bo Porter earlier this month. Tom Lawless managed the team until yesterday.
Hinch previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was hired during the 2009 season to replace Bob Melvin (who currently manages the Oakland A’s) despite never having any managerial or coaching experience. By the middle of the 2010 season, the D’backs dismissed Hinch in favor of Kirk Gibson (who himself was fired a few days ago). The D’backs were 89-123 under Hinch.
Shortly after the D’Backs dismissed him, Hinch was hired by the San Diego Padres to head up their scouting department, a position he held until resigning in August.
Hinch seems like a guy with a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure they translate well in the dugout.