The Detroit Tigers have hired A.J. Hinch as their next manager. The former Houston skipper was facing an MLB-imposed suspension prior to the hiring due to the Astros’ cheating scandal.
The Tigers’ official Twitter account announced the hiring on Friday via Twitter.
The Detroit Tigers today named A.J. Hinch as the 39th manager in franchise history, agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract. pic.twitter.com/AHALJU1wGw
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 30, 2020
Hinch was fired by the Astros after being suspended for the entirety of the 2020 season by the MLB. The suspension came to an end after the Dodgers won the World Series on Tuesday.
Houston and Hinch were accused of cheating over multiple MLB seasons and postseasons. The main allegations of the scandal pointed to sign-stealing techniques by both the players and staff of the team.
The manager has maintained innocence and ignorance of cheating throughout the discovery process and the punishments doled out by the league. Hinch will be replacing Ron Gardenhire, who retired late during the last season.
Featured Image courtesy of Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle
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